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Attendance Matters
Posted on 09/08/2014
This is the image for the news article titled Attendance MattersArticle excerpt on attendance, engagement, and school behavior:
"students who are regularly absent from school are more likely than consistent attenders to drop out (Henry, Knight, & Thornberry, 2012). In a study of ninth-grade students in the Chicago Public Schools, attendance was found to be highly predictive of course failure and dropout (Allensworth & Easton, 2005). In fact, freshman absences were 8 times more predictive of course failure than eighth grade test scores and correctly identified nongraduates 77% of the time. In a review of 25 years of research related to why students drop out of school, Rumberger and Lim (2008) reported that the majority of the 35 studies measuring attendance found that high absenteeism predicted dropout. Likewise, engagement— often reflected by attendance among other social, behavioral, motional, and cognitive indicators—has emerged as a strong predictor of dropout (Fall & Roberts, 2011; Rumberger, 2011; Rumberger & Lim, 2008). Of the 60 studies in Rumberger and Lim’s review, the majority found that engagement significantly predicted dropout. In addition, school misbehavior is associated with dropout. That is, students who misbehave in school are more likely to drop out than students without disciplinary problems (Ou, Mersky, Reynolds, & Kohler, 2007; Rumberger & Lim, 2008). "

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