Did you know if students miss just two days per month, every month, they are less likely to graduate high school? Getting kids to go to school is one of the most powerful predicters of future academic success. That’s why we’re kicking off the new year with Attendance Matters, a campaign aimed at educating students, families and the community on the importance of why good school attendance matters.
As parents, we may not realize how absences add up, but students who miss school have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. Last year, 18 percent of MNPS students missed at least 18 or more school days – that’s more than 15,000 students who missed more than half a month of instructional time – and the numbers are on the rise. In fact, chronic absence in MNPS has increased by two percentage points over the last three years, from 15.8 percent in 2015-16 to 17.8 percent in 2017-18. While these numbers may sound small, the impact is huge.