‘Conditions for Learning’ Impact Chronic Absenteeism

Summary:  This article reports on research done by AIR that asserts that school and community factors may affect chronic absenteeism.  Among these factors are student health and safety and social-emotional skills.

Source: Linda Jacobsen, Education DIVE, September 10, 2019

Description:  “Educators often say frequent absences are a symptom of another issue in a student’s life. Those issues involve students’ health and safety, a sense of belonging, academic engagement, and students’ and adults’ social and emotional skills, according to a new report from Attendance Works and the American Institutes for Research (AIR). These “conditions for learning” — whether positive or negative — are intertwined with students’ attendance patterns, and they especially matter for children in poverty, students of color and those with disabilities, the authors said.”

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