High School Absenteeism and College Persistence

Essential Question:
What are the effects of chronic absenteeism in high school on post-secondary persistence and success?

A data story previewing the linkage of data from K-12 to higher education.

Action Steps

At the Federal Level:

  • Establish attendance as a priority goal in such Federal initiatives as Race to the Top and I3 grant applications, ESEA waivers, and Title I monitoring.

At the State Level:

  • Require attendance goals in state school-accountability systems.
  • Examine state policies to ensure their positive effect on student attendance.
  • Identify schools with low absenteeism and share their practices with struggling schools.
  • Develop an early warning system and appropriate responses.

At the Local Level:

  • Speak with students to stress the importance of attendance and to help us get to the root of their absenteeism and raise the issue to a high profile.
  • Create a local inter-agency task force to prevent and combat absenteeism.

Summarized from “The Importance of Being in School” (Balfanz, 2012). Click here to read the full report.

Page 14 of 14 Go to page
  Previous

© 2019 RI DataHUB
DataSpark URI Carothers Library 15 Lippitt Road Room 227 Kingston, RI 02881
dataspark@etal.uri.edu | (401) 874-4634