Published Online: August 7, 2012
Published in Print: August 8, 2012, as Absenteeism

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"Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism in Indiana: The Impact on Student Achievement"

A high average daily attendance can mask chronic absenteeism in a small group of students, concludes a studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader of Indiana students by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The state’s aggregate average-daily-attendance rate from the 2003-04 to the 2009-10 school years was 96 percent, but a significant portion of students missed 10 percent of school or more: 6.35 percent in kindergarten through 2nd grade, 3.6 percent in grades 3-5, 7.39 percent in middle school, and nearly 15 percent in high school.

Those with higher attendance had significantly higher scores on state mathematics tests every year they were tested.

Vol. 31, Issue 37, Page 5

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