Statewide, 70 percent of school districts receiving support showed decreases or stability in chronic absenteeism rates for the first time in 2019. The Regular Attenders Report, released by the Oregon Department of Education, shows that 20.4 percent of students were chronically absent in the 2018-19 school year. That is down slightly from 20.5 percent in 2017-18 and stops a run of four consecutive years with increases in chronic absenteeism.
The Oregon Department of Education released a report showing that 30 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native students were considered to be chronically absent in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, compared to 17 percent of Non-Native student in 2014-15 and 19 percent in 2015-16. The 2017 report, American Indian/Alaska Native Students in Oregon: A Review of Key Indicators, shows that there continues to be a large gap between American Indian/Alaska Native students and Non-Native students in terms of attendance.
The report was released in November 2017.
The 2015 Oregon Legislature enacted House Bill 4002 that directed the Department of Education (ODE) and the Chief Education Office (CEdO) to develop a statewide education plan to address chronic absences of students in the public schools
The plan was released in December 2016.
Alerted to high rates of chronic absence by a research study in 2012 and an analysis by the state’s largest newspaper in 2014, The Oregon State Department of Education began calculating chronic absence rates and sharing with schools and districts who want to improve attendance. Chronic absence is also included in the state’s achievement compacts, a part of its accountability system under a waiver from No Child Left Behind.
View the 2014-15 analysis