Join us this September for Attendance Awareness Month! Celebrated for the first time in September 2013, Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. The goal is to mobilize schools and communities not only to promote the value of good attendance but also to take concrete steps toward reducing chronic absence. More than 40 national organizations are working in partnership on the event.
Why address absenteeism?
- As early as 6th grade, absenteeism can predict whether a student will drop out, Johns Hopkins University research shows. Other early indicators include poor grades in core courses and behavior leading to suspensions.
- Even students who miss just 10 days a year are less likely to graduate and less likely to enroll in college, the Hopkins research shows.
- A statewide study in Utah found that a student who is chronically absent in any year between 8th and 12th grade is 7.4 times more likely to drop out.