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I received a call from a friend who asked me to do a special Perspective in September because this is the national month to promote student attendance in school.  You would think as a former teacher that I would have been aware of an organization called Attendance Works.  Checking out the website, I was stunned as just how serious this problem is in education.  A few weeks ago, I challenged teachers to stay in school as teacher absences also delay progress in the classrooms.  Now I find out that one in ten students in America miss 18 days or more in a school year.  Let me repeat that.  One in ten are chronically absent.  A 2011 study makes it clear that chronically absent students in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read proficiently in third grade.  If the child has a high risk of non- attendance in the first two years their chances of reading at a third grade level are about 25% compared to a no risk student.  Take it to the middle school years and you will find significant lower test scores and higher levels of suspension.  Add chronic absenteeism into the high school years and it should not come as any surprise that the dropout level is significant.  Listen, if you are struggling with your kids there is plenty of help and it all starts with going to the website www.attendanceworks.org.  You can find answers with family practices, social capital, schools, and community services.  We have a problem and this one can be solved.Student Attendance In School

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