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Less Chronic Absenteeism
High rates of absence from school are an important predictor of academic risk and dropout. A new analysis demonstrates that students who attended City Connects elementary schools are significantly less likely to be chronically absent (defined as being absent for 10% or more of the days within the school year) in middle and high school than students who never attended City Connects schools.
As the figure above shows, although City Connects students start out with higher rates of chronic absenteeism in grade 1, rates of chronic absenteeism were significantly lower than comparison students in all middle and high school grades 6 to 12, except for grade 10. The dotted line after grade 5 represents when City Connects students leave a City Connects school and move into middle school.
Beyond chronic absenteeism, City Connects students were found to have a significantly fewer total number of days absent than students from the comparison group in grades 4 to 12.
Citation: The Impact of City Connects: Progress Report 2012, p. 20-21.