The NC Early Childhood Foundation will release a new report on Sept. 27 in celebration of Attendance Month. AttendaNCe Counts examines chronic absence policies and practices in North Carolina. The report includes:
- Why chronic absence matters for third grade reading and why addressing it is an actionable strategy for improving literacy outcomes
- Why it is an effective measure of school quality and student success
- Chronic absence rates in North Carolina, including data for each school district, disaggregated by race/ethnicity and gender
- The current state-level landscape in North Carolina around nine key “readiness” factors that can set the stage for an active campaign to reduce chronic absence
- Recommendations for next steps
Chronic absence was chosen as a priority for action by the stakeholders of the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative, which is creating partnerships among the state’s early learning and education, public agency, policy, philanthropic and business leaders to define a common vision, shared measures of success and coordinated strategies that support children’s optimal development beginning at birth. A Regular Attendance Design Team is working to create a policy, practice, and capacity-building agenda to address chronic absence and will present its recommendations in spring 2018.
We are grateful to the experts at Attendance Works for reviewing and commenting on this report. Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy, practice and research around school attendance.