Attendance Matters

Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign to recognize the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. Expect More Arizona and our partners encourage you to join the campaign and spread the word about the critical importance of school attendance—not just in September, but all year long. The campaign needs the involvement of educators, students, parents, and the community.

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Sample posts:

  • Chronic absence affects all kids, not just the absent ones. Learn how to get kids in #schooleveryday:
  • Missing 10% of the school year—that’s 18 missed days or just 2 days a month—can knock students off track. Learn more:
  • Kids who miss too much school in PreK & K are less likely to be reading by 3rd grade. Learn more: #schooleveryday #AttendanceMatters
  • FACT: By 6th grade chronic absence is a clear predictor that students may drop out. Read more here: #schooleveryday #AttendanceMatters
  • Chronic absence affects all kids, not just the absent ones. Learn how to get kids in #schooleveryday  here: #AttendanceMatters
  • When we reduce chronic absence we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Learn more: #AttendanceMatters #schooleveryday 
  • If we’re going to reduce the dropout rate, we need to reduce absenteeism. Learn more: #schooleveryday #AttendanceMatters

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Why Attendance Matters


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10 Facts About School Attendance

  1. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
  2. Over 8 million U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.
  3. Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.
  4. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
  5. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
  6. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
  7. Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.
  8. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
  9. Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.
  10. Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.

Other Resources

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