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By Sarah D. Sparks — May 22, 2012 1 min read
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One in 10 American students miss a month or more of school a year, according to a study by the Everyone Graduates Center at the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University and the Get Schooled Initiative, sponsored by the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Based on data from Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon, and Rhode Island—the only states that track chronic absenteeism—the report estimates 5 million to 7.5 million students nationwide miss a month or more of school annually. Rates of chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent of school days in a year, ranged from a low of 6 percent in Nebraska (in 2010-11) to nearly one in four students in Oregon (based on 2009-10 data.)

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A version of this article appeared in the May 23, 2012 edition of Education Week as Attendance

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