SDE: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism in Connecticut Schools

Reducing Chronic Absenteeism in Connecticut Schools

Every student "in school and engaged" every day!

Webinar: Reducing Chronic Absence in Connecticut's Schools
A walk-through presentation of CSDE's new resource tool:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Reducing Chronic Absence in Connecticut's Schools: 
A Prevention and Intervention Guide for Schools and Districts

Governor Malloy and Commissioner Wentzell Release State Guide to Help School Districts in their Efforts to Further Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Increase Attendance







State Department of Education Announces Decrease in Chronic Absenteeism Rate (11/3/16) 
The number of chronically absent students in Connecticut dropped to 9.6 percent in 2015-16, down from 10.6 percent the year before and down from a high of 11.5 percent in 2012-13.  The decline in Connecticut's chronic absenteeism rate means that over 10,000 more students are attending school on a daily basis than four years ago.  This is a sign that collaborative efforts to keeps students across Connecticut in school and engaged are having a positive impact.  Read more in the press release.  Download updated chronic absenteeism trend data on the data portal, EdSight.
State Board of Education Presentation, November 2, 2016
What is Chronic Absence?
Chronic absence is defined as missing 10 percent, or more, of school days for any reason, including excused, unexcused and disciplinary absences.  For example, children who are enrolled for the full school year (e.g., 180 days) become chronically absent if they miss at least 18 days of school for any reason.  Learn more about the difference between excused and unexcused absences and best practices for reducing chronic absenteeism in the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) guidance document.

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What are some strategies to reduce chronic absence?
Improving and sustaining good attendance requires the active engagement of district and school-based leaders and administrators along with a clear articulation of roles and responsibilities.  Successful strategies include forming district and school attendance teams, analyzing data, identifying trends and factors contributing to chronic absence, and implementing a multi-tiered approach to reducing chronic absence.  See resources below.

A chronic absence guidance document is in development and will be released later this spring.  Watch for its release!

Read what is working in Connecticut districts:
Next Generation Accountability System
Chronic absence is Indicator 4 in the Connecticut State Department of Education's Next Generation Accountability System.  The chronic absence indicator is applicable to all districts and schools with at least one grade between K and 12, inclusive.  Reports and guidance for districts and schools are available on the CSDE Performance and Accountability Web page

Leadership Committees Addressing Chronic Absence
Connecticut Resources
National Resources
For more information:

Resources, Strategies, and Best Practices
Kari Sullivan
Phone:  860-807-2041

Data Collection and Reporting
Marquelle Middleton
Phone:  860-713-6877





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