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Report: 6 million students miss too much school

from District Administration Magazine

More than 6 million students — representing 13 percent of the K12 population — missed at least 15 days of school in 2013-2014, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis from the U.S. Department of Education. "Every district has attendance data, but most haven't been calculating chronic absence," says Hedy Nai-Lin Chang, executive director of Attendance Works, a national initiative to increase student achievement by increasing attendance. "If you're looking at access and equity in schools — whether or not kids are in school so they have a chance to learn — is a huge indicator of whether we’re creating equal opportunities." more

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