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Why be PRESENT! in Brightmoor?

A sixth-grader with poor attendance is 75% more likely to drop out of high school than other students.

There is as much as a 50 percentage-point difference in the graduation rates of students who miss 0 to 5 days of school compared to those are absent 15 or more days.

A study using data from New York found that the predicted effect on fourth-grade English achievement for a student moving from chronic absence to average attendance is greater than the gains attributed to attending a high-quality charter school and equal to 17 percent of the achievement gap between white and minority students.  In mathematics the predicted gain is equal to 26 percent of the achievement gap.

The Georgia Department of Education found that just a 3 percent improvement in attendance – five additional days – would have led more than 55,000 of their students to pass end-of-year standardized test in reading, English, or mathematics in grades 3 to 8.

Percent of students with more than 10 absences, 2010-2011

All students

Elementary school students

Middle school students

High school students

All Brightmoor Schools

62.9%

75.0%

64.4%

50.6%

Number of students with more than 10 absences, 2010-2011

All students

Elementary school students

Middle school students

High school students

All Brightmoor Schools

1,313

734

241

338

**All quotes are from “The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Schools” by Robert Balfanz and Vaughn Byrnes (2012)

**The Brightmoor data comes from Data Driven Detroit using CEPI, MISchoolData.org, Student Counts, Attendance By Grade, 2010-2011

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