13% of Students are Chronically Absent

Rows of school desks with many absent studentsi - LA Johnson/NPR

Rows of school desks/many absent studentsi – LA Johnson/NPR

It’s one of the oldest issues in school improvement: Getting kids to show up. If students miss 10 percent of the school year — that’s just two days a month —research shows they are way more likely to fall behind — even drop out.

Today, the U.S. Education Department is releasing a report on the first national data set on chronic absence.
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