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States tackle chronic absence in schools

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School attendance is about more than figuring out who is playing hooky. Until recently, schools mostly looked at the student body's overall attendance rate and the truancy — or unexcused absences — of individual students. Now a growing number of states and school districts are increasing their focus on students who are "chronically absent" from school — whether the absences are excused or unexcused. States have different definitions of chronic absence, but it is often defined as missing at least 10 percent of the school year for any reason. more

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