Attendance Matters

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.

Our goals

At every grade level in every school, Average Daily Attendance will be 95% or higher every month of the 2017-2018 school year, and

Across the district, the percentage of Chronically Absent students (defined by the state as missing 10% or more of class time) will be 15% or less during the 2017-2018 school year.

Our results

Every school in our district and the district as a whole has developed an attendance goal. We are tracking our data. From last year to this year, we have reduced our chronic absentee rate from 22.3% to 19%.

More Info:  Attendance Works

More Resources

Prepare your Child for Success

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

Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early (PDF)
Download: English version | Spanish version




Make Getting to School a Priority