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Attendance Matters

Make Getting to School a Priority


Attendance is One of Our ABCs
of School Improvement

Every day of school missed is a day of learning lost.

• Chronic absenteeism starts early with 9 percent of the state’s kindergartners —over 3,500 children—missing too much school.

• Studies show that missing just 10 percent or more of school (chronic absenteeism) – whether absences are excused, unexcused or due to suspension – predicts lower levels of numeracy and literacy for students by third grade, class failure in middle school and higher levels of suspension.

• Missing school can lead to a higher likelihood that students will drop out of high school and will have lower levels of persistence in college. Every absence, excused or unexcused, is a learning opportunity lost and can have significant impacts on a student’s success in school and life.



More Resources


• Washington State Laws on Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism:

• Short (2 minute) video on the importance of school attendance

• Six Reasons Why Kids Miss School

• September is Attendance Awareness Month: How to get involved