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Teaching to an Empty Desk: How to Prevent Chronic Absenteeism


Nationally, one in 10 kindergarten and first grade students miss the equivalent of a month of school. Chronic absence in middle school is a clear predictor of dropping out, and by ninth grade, attendance is a better predictor of dropping out than test scores. The results of chronic absenteeism are startling, yet they mask the causes of it. This article will explore what educators can do to help prevent chronic absenteeism -- from the early years of preschool through high school graduation.


Sylvia LeRahl

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