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September 15, 2015
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New report highlights significant problem of NJ's K-12 students
missing too much school

More than 125,000 (10%) of New Jersey’s K-12 students were considered “chronically absent” during the 2013-2014 school year, according to a report recently released by ACNJ. Using New Jersey Department of Education data, Showing Up Matters: The State of Chronic Absenteeism in New Jersey, found that the problem was most evident in 177 school districts that had 10 percent or more of their K-12 students chronically absent.

Studies show that daily attendance is essential for student success. When students miss too much school in the early years, the negative impact on their learning can be long-term, including reading problems, lower test scores, poor attendance in future school years and weaker social-emotional skills. Similarly, there are negative consequences for high school students. There are low cost solutions available for schools and families.

This report is a first step, in bringing attention to this issue.  It provides state data on chronic absenteeism, identifies causes that lead to student absences, and makes recommendations for schools and families.  Also, county fact sheets identify districts, by county, that are struggling with high student absences.  Working collaboratively with our state and local partners is the next step in making sure that more children attend #SchoolEveryDay and ready to learn.

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