High School Dropout Prevention
Chronic absenteeism, missing 10% (just 18 days) or more of school for any reason, is a critical warning sign that a student will fall behind and risk not graduating high school. Nationwide, as many as 7.5 million students miss nearly a month of school every year. That's 135 million days of lost time in the classroom. In some cities, as many as one in four students are missing that much school.
Though all parents want their children to succeed, they often have misconceptions on the importance of attendance. They believe: "Attendance really only matters in high school. Excused absences won't hurt a child's academic performance. Consecutive absences can make a child fall behind academically but one or two here and there will not make a difference."
The goal of the Boost Attendance campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of consistent school attendance and the impact absences can have on academic outcomes. Through the campaign website www.BoostAttendance.org, parents will be able to sign up for a free SMS based mobile text program that will help keep track of their child's absences and show the impact those absences can have on the student's math and reading scores and likelihood to graduate. The website also provides parents with information and resources to help ensure their children are in school every day.