The number of chronically absent students is down from five percent overall according to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).
The Department release a report Monday detailing absenteeism in districts across the state. Numbers for 2016-2017 reveal 14.2 percent of students were absent ten percent or more of the time. That’s slight lower than the numbers for 2015 which shows 15 percent of students were absent during the 2013-2014 school year.
The Department defines chronic absenteeism as missing 10 percent or more of the time enrolled for any reason, which includes excused and unexcused absences and suspension.
The three schools with the highest rate are here in Central Mississippi; Lanier High School (45.3), Wingfield High School (47.5) and Vicksburg High School (62.2)
Starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, chronic absence can leave 3rd graders unable to read proficiently, 6th graders struggling with coursework and high school students off track for graduation.
“There is a growing body of evidence that shows how chronic absence has a negative impact on student achievement,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “Children who are not in school are not learning.”
High schools with the lowest rates are River City Early College High School (3.9 percent) in the Vicksburg-Warren School District, Golden Triangle Early College High School (4.1 percent) in the Lowndes County School District and Simmons High School (6.5 percent) in the Hollandale School District.
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