Chronic Absenteeism Still an Issue... Especially for Minorities

By Andrew Pillow

Much is made of initiatives to improve schools. However, if students don’t consistently show up, schools are fighting with their hands tied behind their back.

According to the U.S. Education Department over 6 million students are chronically absent. (Chronic absence defined as 15 or more days out of school)

This probably comes as little surprise to teachers in struggling schools as there is a correlation between attendance and achievement. It also probably comes as little surprise that the demographics of absenteeism mirror that of the achievement gap, with Blacks, Latinos, and Indigenous missing school at higher rates.

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.