Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence

Publication date: 
September, 2016
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Attendance Works

Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence

In the United States, the promise of an equal opportunity to learn and succeed, regardless of circumstance or social class, is a shared value and widely accepted civil right that binds us together as a nation.

The recent release of the first-ever national, chronic absence data set by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reveals that this promise is broken for far too many children.

More than 6.5 million students, or about 13 percent, missed three or more weeks of school during a single school year, which is enough time to erode their achievement and threaten their chance of graduating....

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