Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
20.3 percent (2017)

16.4 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

20.3 percent of 8th grade students missed 3 or more whole school days in the last month in 2017

Reduce chronic school absence among early adolescents

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Students who are often absent from school are more likely to do worse in school and have more health problems later in life. In general, rates of chronic absence start to increase during middle school. Interventions at both the school and community level can help reduce school absences in middle school students.