Chronic Absenteeism 2017-2019 in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Students who are chronically absent are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, more likely to fail in middle school and eventually drop out of high school. Chronic absence can be solved when schools, families, and communities work together to create a culture of attendance as early as preschool and kindergarten and regularly monitor progress and identify any barriers to getting to school. See CountMEin


What the data shows
For the 2018-2019 school year, 30,390 or 16.8% of Maine students are missing so many days of school that they are academically at-risk. For economically disadvantaged students the rate is even higher—24.3% for 2018-2019

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This measure shows the number and percent of students in Maine who are chronically absent from school and is disaggregated by whether the student's family is or is not economically disadvantaged. A student is defined as being chronically absent if the student is absent 10% or more of the days enrolled or for a typical school year at a rate which would lead to 18 or more absences, including both excused and unexcused abscesses.  The year is the school year, so 2019 is for the school year from  September 2018- June 2019.

Data Source: Maine Department of Education

Footnotes: New measure added September 2020
Maine was given a waiver from the federal government to submit absenteeism data for the 2019-2020 school year due to the pandemic.