More than 1 in 10 California students are ‘chronically absent’

By EdSource

By LEE ROMNEY and DANIEL J. WILLIS, EdSource

California education officials have released school-level data that shows that last year more than 1 in 10 students were chronically absent, defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days for any reason.

The data, which the state released for the first time, reveals that 1 in 4 foster children was chronically absent from California schools last year, as were about 1 in 5 homeless, Native American and African-American students.

Chronic absenteeism among California’s students peaked in high school, at 15.4 percent. But the data showed kindergartners close behind, with 14 percent missing at [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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