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Education Week: Nationwide 14% of students are 'chronically absent'--over 30% of SPED kids are

Sept 4, 2018, Education Week: 1 in 7 Students Found to Be 'Chronically Absent,' Report Finds https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/09/05/1-in-7-students-found-to-be.html As schools prepare to face increased accountability for bringing down rates of chronic student absenteeism, a new report reveals the scale of the task. Nationwide, about 1 in 7 students was chronically absent, missing at least 15 school days during the 2015-16 year, according to an analysis of the most recent federal data that was released last week by the reseach-and-advocacy groups Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. Of those nearly 8 million students, 52 percent were concentrated in schools where chronic absenteeism rates topped 20 percent…. Absentee rates were extremely high at schools focused on special education. At about half of those schools, more than 30 percent of students missed at least 15 school days. …