Chronic Absenteeism in Public Schools
Combating absenteeism has
become a major goal of public schools across America. Chronic absenteeism
affects both the academic success of students and severely impacts the fiscal
health of a school.
A new data analysis by the Center for New York City Affairs at the
New School shows a dramatic decline in the number of elementary and K-thru-8th grade schools with very high rates of chronic absenteeism among
students. The study released in May 2011, Taking Attendance Seriously: How School Absences Undermine Student and School Performance in
New York City, showed a 16% reduction in absenteeism. In 2006-07, 31 percent of the study’s city schools were experiencing critical levels of student
absenteeism. By 2009-10, that number was down to 15 percent of the schools.