Authors Brian Jacob and Kelly Lovett summarize the current state of data and evidence for reducing chronic absenteeism in our nation's schools.
1. Chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing 10 percent of school days or more, is a growing concern for educators across the US.
2. Absenteeism is associated with lower academic achievement and higher risk of dropping out of school.
3. Some interventions to reduce absenteeism have shown promise, but they have primarily focused on specific populations and/or have produced relatively small improvements. It is likely that substantial improvement will require more substantial investments.