Good News for Alabama School Attendance

Thursday, September 7, 2017


A report from Johns Hopkins University shows Alabama in the top 25 percent of states with the fewest schools experiencing quote, “extreme levels of chronic absenteeism.” The Johns Hopkins Everyone Graduates Center study defines chronic absenteeism as a student missing more than 15 days in a school year. When a school has 30 percent or more students missing that many days, it is considered an extreme level of chronic absenteeism. Alabama still has some schools where 20 percent or more of students are missing three weeks of school. The State Department of Education says Alabama has been working on the issue of chronic absenteeism for a decade, assisted with national grants, the Everyone Graduates Center and others.


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