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Chronic Absenteeism and Discipline

Tennessee public school students are considered chronically absent if they are absent for 10 percent or more instructional days for any reason, including excused absences and out-of-school suspensions. The chronic absenteeism rate is the percent of students who are chronically absent. Excessive absences from school represent lost instructional time for a student. 2020-21 chronic absenteeism data represents all students, whether they attended school in-person or remotely during the school year. Discipline data from the 2020-2021 school year is not comparable to the same data in other years. Schools and districts responded to the pandemic by opting to use in-person or remote instruction models, according to local needs. These local instructional model choices, which were sometimes made on a student-by-student basis, also came with changes in discipline practices and record keeping. Because the Report Card cannot provide sufficient local context about each school’s or district’s discipline practices across students, it is not displayed on the Report Card. For additional downloadable data, as well as discipline data from previous years, click here.

Chronic absenteeism

What does this mean?

This value reflects the chronic absenteeism rate for this school or district. This information shows us the percent of students who are chronically absent.

Why is this important?

Tennessee students who are chronically absent miss critical instruction, which often affects their academic outcomes. For example, students who are chronically absent are less likely to read at grade level (read more here), so schools and districts monitor this number.

 

Chronic absenteeism over time

What does this mean?

This figure shows the rate of chronic absenteeism over time for a school or district and includes all students whether attending school in-person or remotely. 2020 numbers reflect chrnic absence rates prior to school closures.

Why is this important?

Chronic absenteeism trends highlight whether schools or districts are making improvements to absenteeism rates over time. Lower absenteeism rates are better.

Chronic absenteeism by group

What does this mean?

These values show the rate of chronic absenteeism across various student groups.

Why is this important?

Chronic absenteeism rates can vary across schools and districts and across different groups of students.