When students aren’t in school, the task of achieving reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade seems insurmountable. Studies show that students who are absent 10 percent or more during the school year (around 18 days) score significantly lower on 3rd grade reading assessments and are less likely to graduate from high school. Turn the Page KC instigates Kansas City’s most positive future through 3rd grade reading proficiency, and student attendance is a key part of this work. Watch the Attendance Works video below to learn more about why school attendance is critical to student success.

School Attendance Work Group Members:
America’s Promise Alliance
Center School District
Hickman Mills School District
Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium
Kansas City Public Schools
Lean Lab
North Kansas City School District
Park Hill School District
Raytown School District
Show Me KC Schools
United Way of Greater Kansas City
Urban Neighborhood Initiative

Please contact Mike English at menglish@turnthepagekc.org if you are interested in learning more or joining this collaborative network.

Related Research
Attendance in the Early Grades: Why it Matters for Reading, Attendance Works and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, February 2014. This research brief includes a number of findings on the link between early attendance and reading. Findings include the fact that one in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students nationally are chronically absent, and that early absences correlate with reading difficulties in later years.

Hedy N. Chang and Mariajose Romero, “Present, Engaged & Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades.” National Center for Children in Poverty, September 2008.One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students misses a month or more of school every year, absences that correlate with poor academic performance in later years, according to “Present, Engaged & Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades,” from the National Center for Children in Poverty.