Report shows chronic absenteeism has dropped in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New state data show chronic absenteeism at Connecticut’s schools has declined.

The number of chronically absent students in the state dropped from a high of 11.5 percent in the 2012-13 school year to 9.6 percent during the 2015-16 school year, according to the State Department of Education.

That means over 10,000 more students are attending school on a daily basis compared with four years ago.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more days of school for any reason, including excused absences, unexcused absences, suspensions and other disciplinary actions

The State Department of Education has taken various steps to address chronic absenteeism, including requiring local districts to pay close attention to the problem and make sure more students attend school daily.

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