Category: Thriving Adolescents
Chronic Absenteeism: An old problem in search of new answers
Brian Jacob and Kelly Lovett
- Chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing 10 percent of school days or more, is a growing concern for educators across the US.
- Absenteeism is associated with lower academic achievement and higher risk of dropping out of school.
- 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