Quality public education is the right of every child and the foundation of every community. A good education is the best path out of poverty and will provide every child with a chance to succeed in life.
But if kids aren’t in school, they can’t learn. Research shows that a higher attendance rate by a student improves their chances of success.Students who are chronically absent—meaning they miss at least 15 days of school in a year—are at serious risk of falling behind in school.
Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade.
Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school.
Irregular attendance can be a better predictor of whether students will drop out before graduation than test scores.
High school dropout, which chronically absent students are more likely to experience, has been linked to poor outcomes later in life, from poverty and diminished health to involvement in the criminal justice system.