Student Attendance

School attendance is not just required by law, it is critical to students’ success in school and life.
  • Research shows that children who are chronically absent -- that is, they miss 20 or more days of school in a given school  year -- are less likely to graduate from high school .  This includes students who miss just two days a month, which adds up to 20 days a year.
  • In addition, analysis of national testing data shows that students who miss more school than their peers consistently score lower on standardized tests , no matter their age, demographic group, or state or city.

Families and communities, schools and networks can follow these links to explore more ways to promote and maintain high student attendance. We want to help ensure that every student has strong attendance every year. 

Visit Every Student, Every Day Electronic Help Center   for information on neighborhood services to help your child get to school on time every day.


    National Studies Demonstrate the Importance of Attendance

    Changes in attendance in middle grades are as predictive as test scores for being on-track in high school. Read The Middle Grades Student Transition Study, The Research Alliance for NYC Schools (2011).

    When schools, school districts and states began to measure and focus on chronic absenteeism, they were able to come up with programs to combat it.   Read The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools, Johns Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center (2012).

    Children from low-income families chronically absent in kindergarten had the lowest levels of achievement in fifth grade. Read The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades, The National Center for Children in Poverty (2008).

    Providing mentors for students who had missed 20 or more days the previous school year helped them gain 9 more days of school on average. Read Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implication for Other Cities, Johns Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center (2013).

    Visit for information on the impact of absenteeism and how schools and families can support good attendance.