Supe's On: Every school day counts

By: 
Dr. Jarod Larson, BVSD superintendent
In a child’s academic life – Every School Day Counts. To be an “Active Learner” and do it “The Lynx Way” students must have consistent and regular attendance. The benefits of great attendance extend far past a child’s current year of schooling. September is Attendance Awareness Month.
Research studies demonstrate the strong relationship between student attendance and student achievement. Chronic absenteeism, defined as two school days per month or 18 days for the year, has been directly correlated to deficiency in student reading. Specifically, kindergarten and first-grade students who are chronically absent are much less likely to read proficiently by the end of third grade. This finding holds significant value because third-grade reading proficiency is a strong indicator of a student being a grade-level reader throughout their entire academic career. 
Additional research findings demonstrate a non-proficient third-grade reader is four times more likely to drop out of high school. While further examining the importance of attendance, a recent study found that ninth grade attendance was significantly correlated to high school graduation.  
School Attendance and Student Achievement – Key Research Findings:
• A strong relationship exists between attendance and achievement
• Chronic absenteeism is connected to student deficiency in reading
• K/first grade students chronically absent are much less likely to be proficient readers by the end of third grade
• Third grade reading proficiency is a strong indicator of future reading proficiency
• Non-proficient third-grade readers are four times more likely to drop out of high school
• Ninth grade attendance has a significant correlation to high school graduation 
To make it as simple as possible, school attendance at every age matters. Every school day counts. Making school attendance a priority today will positively impact your child tomorrow. Thank you for making school attendance a priority!   
Go, Lynx!

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