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.
- An analysis released in March 2015 showed that 15 percent of Mississippi public school students (74,299) were chronically absent during the 2013-14 school year. Absentee rates were high in kindergarten (14%), tapered off in early elementary years, and increased steadily throughout middle school and high school. The highest proportion was 36 percent in grade 12.Using data provided by the Mississippi Department of Education, researchers at Mississippi KIDS COUNT compared average daily attendance percentages to those of chronic absence in 152 of the state’s school districts. Despite an overall state average daily attendance rate of 93 percent, there were still 130 school districts with at least 10 percent of their students chronically absent and 11 districts with 20 percent or more.
- Present and Counting: A Look at Chronic Absenteeism in Mississippi Schools
- District-by-District Breakdown
- District refutes absenteeism study, The Natchez Democrat, Feb. 29, 2016
- State Supe: Poverty Drives Chronic Absenteeism, ‘Proactive’ Solutions Needed, Jackson Free Press, Feb. 4, 2016
- Missed school days significantly impact early education, The Clarion-Ledger, Feb. 3, 2016
- Study shows poor absence at NASD, Natchez Democrat, March 20, 2015
- Present and accounted for, Daily Commercial, March 13, 2015
- Study reveals chronic absenteeism in Miss. schools, The Dispatch, March 13, 2015
- Lewiston schools want mandatory attendance age dropped to 5, Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal, March 12, 2015
- New report tracks chronic absenteeism, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, March 12, 2015
- Report examines chronic absenteeism in MS schools, WTVA, March 11, 2015
- MS Kids Count Releases Report About School Absenteeism, WXXV, March 11, 2015
- School districts search for ways to make up days lost to ice and snow, WHNT, March 19, 2015
- Report: Chronic absenteeism a problem for Mississippi schools, Clarion-Ledger, March 11, 2015
- Present and Counting: Looking at School Chronic Absenteeism, MDE News, March 11, 2015
- Tips for Parents of Elementary School Students
- Tips for Parents of Elementary School Students: Spanish
- Tips for Parents of Middle and High School Students
- Tips for Parents of Middle and High School Students: Spanish
Mississippi branded these Attendance Works handouts for parents: