7.5 million students miss a month of school each year?
students come to school — pretty good as attendance goes. But scratch beneath
the surface and you may find less flattering figures.
New research suggests that as many as 7.5 million students
miss a month of school each year, raising the likelihood that they'll fail
academically and eventually drop out of high school.
The findings, from education researcher Robert Balfanz of
Johns Hopkins University, estimate that 10% to 15% of students nationwide are
"chronically absent" from school, missing enough class time to be at "severe
risk" of dropping out.