If children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers.
Preliminary data from a California study found that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.
Who Can Read on Grade Level After 3rd Grade?
64% of the students that missed 9 or fewer days in both kindergarten and 1st grade.
43% of kids with at-risk attendance – missing more than 9 days in both years.
41% of kids chronically absent in K and 1st – missing more than 18 days in one year
17% of kids chronically absent in K and 1st grade – missing more than 18 days both years.
This is for any absent reason.