Posted: Tue, 01/28/2014 - 9:18am Updated: Mon, 06/24/2019 - 3:50pm

Chronic absenteeism and habitual truancy are important predictors of school performance, including high school graduation. Average daily attendance rates often mask the number of students who are chronically absent – which equate to missing ten percent of the school year or approximately 18 school days for any reason. Research completed by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University indicate that students in Indiana's public school corporations who are chronically absent from school perform at lower levels on Indiana's student learning assessments. Further, students who are routinely absent are also more likely to drop out of high school prior to earning their high school diploma (Spradlin, Stephanie, Chen, Shi, Chen, Han, & Cierniak, 2012; Spradlin, Shi, Ciernack, Chen, & Han, 2012). Several factors appear to influence student attendance in schools across the state; however, socioeconomic status appears the most significant (Spradlin, et al., 2012).

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