According to a California study, 17% of students who were chronically absent in kindergarten read on grade level in third grade compared to 62% of their peers who attended regularly.
Students who are not reading proficiently in third grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.
Better attendance habits in younger years set students up for rewarding habits later in life.
By sixth grade, chronic absence is an indicator that a student may drop out of high school. According to a Baltimore study, 60% of high school dropouts were chronically absent in sixth grade.
The transition from eighth grade to ninth grade is often a make-or-break year for students’ attendance behaviors.
Targeting student attendance is important at all grade levels, but middle school is crucial.
A study in Utah found that students who were chronically absent any year between eighth and twelfth grade, were more than 7 times likely to drop out.
79% of kids in the juvenile justice system in NYC in 2010 had records of chronic absenteeism.
Studies have been shown that students who finish high school have fewer health risks, are more successful, and tend to have higher salaries.