Recent research from Johns Hopkins researcher Bob Balfanz has shed new light on the connection between chronic absenteeism and high-school dropout rates.
Among his findings: sixth-graders who miss 20 or more days of class have just a 20-percent chance of graduating on time.
Although chronic absenteeism — defined as missing 18 or more days of class in Seattle — can have dire consequences, the data also show that missing just a week of school can have detrimental effects.
Education Lab’s next story will center on the topic of attendance and how two Seattle middle schools have put the Hopkins research into action. Look for it online and in print later this week.
In the meantime, we’re curious about your own thoughts on attendance. Do you think it’s ever OK for students to miss class, other than when they’re ill? If you’re a parent, do you allow your children to skip school on occasion? Why or why not?
Please provide your answers below, or send them in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll publish a sampling of thoughtful responses on the Education Lab blog at a later date.
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