9th Graders regularly attend school

Students who attend school regularly are more likely to be successful.  As with sixth grade attendance, 9th grade attendance is an important indicator of future academic success and graduation rates.  Regular attendance is so important it is tied to the 9th graders “on track” indicator; students are not considered on track if they do not attend regularly.

attendance statistMost absences are excused or associated with suspension, meaning that the parent or caregiver signed off or the school created an opportunity for absence.  Therefore we must ensure that our academic disciplinary policies and message to families and high school students is consistent: being in school matters.

Early interventions to engage students, such as mentorship programs and positive, personal outreach to students and families can prevent chronic absenteeism.

Data Source: Hewitt, Krissi. “2013–14 Regional Achievement Compact Data.” Oregon Education Investment Board, Office of the Chief Education Officer. E-mail to authors, January 6, 2015.

Reference: “Secondary School Absenteeism.” Attendance Works, Collected Reports. (November 2014). http://ccsr.uchicago.edu/publications/track-indicator-predictor-high-school-graduation.