Succeeding in school is something we all desire for children - yet the reality is some students are heading toward academic trouble the first few days of school by failing to establish habits of regular attendance. Across the country, as many as 7.5 million students miss nearly a month of school every year—absences can correlate with poor performance at every grade level.
This trend of missing school days starts as early as kindergarten and continues through high school, contributing to achievement gaps and ultimately to higher dropout rates. Good attendance is central to student achievement and our broader efforts to improve education. All of our investments in curriculum and instruction can’t impact a student if he/she doesn’t show up to harvest the learning.