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Kids don't learn when they're not showing up to school

from The Seattle Times

Efforts to improve students' educational outcomes in Washington’s public schools must include a closer look at attendance. Nearly 15 percent of Washington students are chronically absent, which means they miss at least 18 days of school a year, according to state education officials. It doesn't matter if those absences include a family trip to Disneyland, chronic illness or just a lack of interest in what is happening in the classroom. Research shows a direct connection between chronic absence and dropout rates. By sixth grade, chronic absence is a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school, according to the national organization Attendance Works. By ninth grade, attendance is a better indicator of dropout rates than eighth-grade test scores. more


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