School Attendance

Addressing chronic absenteeism to ensure students are on a path to success

For children to reach their full learning potential, they have to come to school. Yet tens of thousands of NJ students are “chronically absent,” or missing 10 percent or more of school days. When young children miss too much school, it is often linked with long-term reading problems, lower test scores and weaker social-emotional skills. As students get older missing school increases the chances of class failure, higher suspension rates, dropping out of school altogether. Addressing chronic absenteeism can improve academic achievement for all students and is especially important for young students to ensure they are on the path to school success.


Click to view latest report on chronic absenteeism in NJ

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Absenteeism rates for all NJ school districts by county

NJ districts with high-absenteeism rates, by county

Chronic absenteeism disparities in NJ





View report on chronic absenteeism in Newark.


Watch speakers at Newark chronic absenteeism forum.

Watch Cynthia Rice’s interview on chronic absenteeism in Newark.


Attendance Works Webinar: Using Data to Drive Action: Portraits of Chronic Absence

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