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Advocates for Children and Youth conducted a review on chronic absenteeism and its effect on the lives of children. We found out some interesting information to share with you.

Chronic absence is defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days. This definition includes unexcused and excused absences. A few states define chronic absenteeism as students who are present at least 90 percent during the school year. States like Hawaii and Alabama consider students chronically absent if they miss 15 or more days of school.

Under No Child Left Behind, schools focused on standardized test scores and graduation rates to measure student achievement. Although those indicators are important, research has shown that school attendance is also related to a student’s academic outcomes.

Advocates for Children and Youth has developed several fact sheets so that folks can better understand the scope of the challenge and more importantly, the solutions. Click on each title to read more about the issue.

Chronic Absenteeism
Chronic Absenteeism by the Numbers
Chronic Absence Photomap
Health and Chronic Absenteeism
Youth Justice and Absenteeism
Risk Factors of Chronic Absenteeism
Solutions to Address Chronic Absenteeism