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.

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