Category: Thriving Adolescents

Chronic Absenteeism: An old problem in search of new answers

Author(s):
Brian Jacob and Kelly Lovett
Key Findings:
  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.
In 2013-14, roughly 14 percent of students nationwide were chronically absent.” Page 2