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.

What We Know About Attendence

In Rhode Island, each year, roughly 30% of the state’s high school students are chronically absent.


In this story we follow the high school graduating class of 2009. We start with this cohort of students as they enter the 9th grade in 2005-2006. We focus on the chronically absent and observe them through graduation and on to their enrollment, performance, and persistence in post-secondary education.



Please note the following about our cohort:
- Only students in Rhode Island public high schools are included.
- Students who enter the RI public school system after 2005-06 are not included.
- Students must have been enrolled for at least 30 days across the four years to be included.

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