Seattle Public Schools Reducing Chronic Absenteeism
Seattle Public Schools, along with the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and neighboring districts, have committed to addressing chronic absenteeism.
Our goal is to have 80 percent of our students in school on time and in class for the first 20 days of the 2016-17 school year.
Why Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Matter
Attendance has been proven to be one of the most powerful predictors of academic achievement and can have a dramatic impact on key milestones, including third grade reading, 9th grade achievement, high school graduation, and life success.
Chronic absenteeism is defined as a student missing 10 percent of school, regardless of the reason—that's 18 days in a school year.
A focus on chronic absenteeism examines the link between loss of instructional time and academic achievement. An awareness of chronic absenteeism and its potential impact will empower students, families, and communities to make informed decisions regarding missing school.
Visit our Encouraging Attendance webpage for resources for families, teachers and school communities.