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November 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Today’s feature: Attendance counts

At Aki Kurose Middle School in South Seattle, City Year staffers Margo Kelly, left, Anna Witte and Ti'esh Harper talk with seventh-grader Jade Bland at the attendance window one recent morning. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

At Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle, City Year staffers Margo Kelly, left, Anna Witte and Ti’esh Harper talk with seventh-grader Jade Bland at the attendance window one recent morning. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

From today’s front-page story by Claudia Rowe:

The finding was hard to believe, but year after year and in state after state, the numbers kept bearing it out: Sixth-graders who missed 20 days of class had, at best, a 20 percent chance of graduating from high school on time.

This was a bombshell for researcher Bob Balfanz, who’d spent most of his career trying to understand the factors driving 1 million American students to drop out each year. He’d paced school hallways and sat through hundreds of hours of classroom instruction.

But in 2007, after tracking 13,000 middle-schoolers for eight years in Philadelphia, Balfanz finally isolated a red flag common to all who, years later, failed to graduate on time: A history of poor attendance.

Go here to read the full story. For more on attendance:

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