ATTENDANCE SPECTRUM

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Attendance Spectrum

The Attendance Spectrum shows the percentage of absences during a 180 day school year. Studies show that absences are predictive of drop out and graduation rates. Attendance habits impact student outcomes immediately in school and later in life.

Attendance Spectrum

 

 

 

POSITIVE OUTCOMES
GOOD ATTENDANCE

• Higher GPA
• Stronger reading and math skills
• Higher test scores
• Higher graduation rates
• Higher college enrollment
• Higher employment rate
• Higher lifetime earnings
• Higher lifetime tax contributions
• Less incarceration
• Better health¹

 

NEGATIVE OUTCOMES
POOR ATTENDANCE

• Increases likelihood of dropping out
• Failure to graduate on time
• Lower rate of college enrollment
• Increased need for college remediation classes
• Higher levels of unemployment
• Earn significantly less in the workforce
• Living in poverty
• Increased incarceration rate¹

 

 

¹ “The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts”, Civic Enterprises and Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2006.