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OSPI Releases Data to Help Improve School Attendance
Chronic absenteeism has significant impacts on a student’s achievement, even in early grades

OLYMPIA — February 16, 2016 — ”Chronic absenteeism,” defined as missing 18 or more days of school during a school year, significantly affects student learning. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) today released a new round of data that will help school districts as they work to decrease chronic absenteeism to help improve student achievement.

Today’s release shows the percentage of students who were absent from school, for any reason, by district and student group.

We are working with our community and education partners to better understand the causes of chronic absenteeism. It's important for kids to get to school, even in the youngest grades.

“When students aren’t in school—for any reason—it’s harder for them to learn what they need to know to be successful,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “We are working with our community and education partners to better understand the causes of chronic absenteeism. It's important for kids to get to school, even in the youngest grades.”

This release is part of OSPI’s “Performance Indicators – Data and Analytics” work designed to help the state and school districts make data-informed decisions. As new data sets are released, they are posted on the OSPI Data and Analytics webpage.

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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   Updated 7/7/2016

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