NPR Examines Submitted ESSA Plans

NPR Examines Submitted ESSA Plans

September 26, 2017

NPR highlights how “36 states and the District of Columbia are using some form of chronic student absenteeism” in their ESSA plans. Author Elissa Nadworny notes, “The latest national numbers suggest that more than 6 million students are ‘chronically absent,’” and emphasizes comments made by Phyllis Jordan, who authored a recent FutureEd report on the subject, that, “Research tells us that kids shouldn’t miss 10 percent or more of the school year, that’s the tipping point for kids, but there isn’t really research that tells us how many chronically absent kids are too many for a school.”