Chronically Absent Students in New Jersey

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Why This Indicator Matters

Based on a 180-day school year, any student who misses 18 days or more per year — or about two days per month — is considered chronically absent. When students are young, too many absences can reduce their chances of reading proficiently by third grade, a key indicator of long-term academic success.  When students are older, absenteeism places them at risk of not graduating high school, not attending college or failing to find a meaningful career.  

Visit ACNJ's website for more information on chronic absenteeism in New Jersey.
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Definitions: Students who miss 10 percent or more of total enrolled school days, includes suspensions and both excused and unexcused absences.  Data for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Data Source: As reported by the N.J. Department of Education, end of year data submission.  

Footnotes: Data updated 4.9.20.