The Mississippi Department of Education released a video featuring research from Mississippi KIDS COUNT that shows how chronic absenteeism has an impact on student achievement. It includes best practices and highlights Petal Elementary School in the Petal School District and Bowmar Avenue Elementary School in the Vicksburg-Warren School District, which are among schools with the lowest chronic absenteeism rates in Mississippi.

    An updated analysis by Mississippi KIDS COUNT, released in February 2016, finds that chronic absence rates start high in kindergarten, decrease through elementary school years, and increase again in middle and high school. During the 2013/14 school year, 14% of kindergartners, 15% of 8th graders, and 36% of 12th graders were chronically absent. Based on the 2015 report that analyzed state and district-level data, Counting the Future uses student-level data to investigate the effects of chronic absence on student outcomes.


  • Counting the Future, Mississippi KIDS COUNT, February 2016.