Why school attendance is important from an early age

  1. Early school absenteeism is an indicator of future school absenteeism
  2. Absenteeism in kindergarten negatively affects a child’s ability to develop the grit and perseverance needed for academic success
  3. Early absenteeism (in preschool and kindergarten) has a significant effect on child’s ability to learn/master reading
  4. School absenteeism rates can predict dropout rates
  5. There is a direct relationship between improved school attendance and significant academic gains

Key findings include the following

  1. Students who meet the provincial standard early in their schooling are likely to maintain their high achievement in secondary school
  2. Students who do not meet the provincial standard early in their schooling are likely to continue not meeting the standard in later grades
  3. Pinpointing the needs of students early and providing support makes a difference

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