Why Does It Matter?
Research shows that school attendance and engagement is key to a student's success.
Successful completion of high school is important for future employment. More and more jobs are requiring at least a high school diploma, and once youth dropout of school they are less likely to return or earn their GED.
While it’s tracked differently across both schools and school districts, attendance is a key factor for successful completion of high school. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, attendance is a key indicator that is correlated with a students’ ability to graduate. A 2013 study found that 44% of students who are chronically absent may be caring for other siblings or family members, working to support their family, struggling with behavioral health or physical health issues, or may not be engaged in their schoolwork. In the most recent school year, schools districts are working with local organizations to provide supports to families to ensure students are attending school.
Many districts see engagement as key to their students’ success and have begun to measure this as an indicator of successfully completing high school. School engagement is generally defined as a student’s feeling of belonging and enjoyment, as well as their active participation in school or extra-curricular activities. Emerging research shows a strong correlation between engagement and successful completion of high school.