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Apr 27
April 27
School attendance patterns in Iowa: Chronic absence in the early grades

Iowa students who have been chronically absent during any year of early-elementary school are less likely than their peers who rarely miss school to be reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Third grade reading is an important marker for future academic success, including high school graduation.

This new report from CFPC  finds that low-income students, students of color, students receiving Special Education and English Language Learner services are all more likely than their peers to miss substantial amounts of school in their first years of school.

Using data from the Iowa Department of Education, CFPC analyzed attendance patterns of over 37,000 students who started kindergarten in the 2010-11 school year through third grade in 2013-14. Chronic absence rates were highest in kindergarten, when 9 percent of students—over 3,500 children—were chronically absent, then improved through third grade, when 4.5 percent of that cohort—nearly 1,500 children—were chronically absent.

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