The Attendance Gap

The Attendance Gap Too many children from low-income families miss too many days of school. Research has found that one in 10 kindergarten and first grade students nationwide misses nearly a month of school each year in excused and unexcused absences. By fifth grade, children with chronic absences who are from low-income families achieve lower academically.

One in ten kindergarten studentsmiss nearly a month of school every year. In some districts it runs as high as one in three.

Kindergarteners who miss 10 percent of school days have lower academic performance when they reach first grade.

Among children from low-income families, who lack the resources to make up lost time, chronic absence in kindergarten translated into lower fifth grade achievement.


The Attendance Gap


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