Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence

Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence
September 20, 2016 Stuart Foundation

The chronic absenteeism data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) survey awoke the nation to the magnitude of its chronic absenteeism challenge with its findings of more than 6.5 million, or about 13 percent, students missing three or more weeks of school in the 2013–14 school year. To reduce chronic absenteeism, however, we will need to focus our efforts on the places where these students are found.

Preventing Missed Opportunity, released on Tuesday, September 6, by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center underscores how this often overlooked factor is dragging down achievement in communities everywhere – from sprawling suburban places where absenteeism can fester in the shadow of academic achievement to small rural communities where geography complicates getting to school. Disadvantaged urban neighborhoods are particularly hard hit, according to this study of the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection.

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