Kristen Pekarek

Absenteeism Affects Student Success

According to the Get Schooled Foundation, between 5 million and 7 million students are chronically absent, which is the best predictor of whether a student will drop out of school. The foundation's most recently released report, Skipping to Nowhere: Students Share Their Views About Missing School, digs deeper into the issue, revealing that most kids skipped school because they were bored. In New York City, where 200,000 of its students miss close to a month or more of school each year, innovative solutions are being used to get kids to attend school and understand the effect absenteeism has on their overall success.

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