The SUNY commitment to strengthen the education pipeline has led to a new partnership that hopes to end chronic absenteeism. Through the Every Student Present campaign, launched this fall, SUNY is joining forces with a statewide collaborative to address chronic absenteeism in our State’s schools and help to improve student attendance.
The best teachers and the most supportive schools cannot do anything for a student that is not in class. When a student misses 10 percent of the school year, this is considered chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism is related to lower test scores and higher dropout rates for students at all income levels and is one of the largest red flags when it comes to student achievement. According to Attendance Works, an initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success, approximately one in ten U.S. students miss ten percent or more school days each year.