“We know that students who attend school regularly have more opportunity to learn, so tracking chronic absenteeism is critical,” Acting Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill said. “There is a direct link between high instances of chronic absenteeism and low graduation rates; this is why chronic absenteeism is one of our school accountability measures in our Oregon Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act and why Governor Brown and the Legislature have  invested in programs to address the issue.”

Chronic Absences are defined as missing 10% or more of the school year. This is only 17 days of our Elementary Calendar. If a student misses 1 day a month, they miss 9 days, halfway to being considered chronically absent. If they miss one day a week,  they miss over 34 days, far beyond what is considered Chronically absent. 

According to the ODE report for 2016-17, Morningside had a total of 369 students and 75 of them were considered chronically absent. 

According to the Department of Education:

Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers, to drop out of high school. 

 In 2016-17 Morningside had 17 kindergarten students and 14 first graders, who were chronically absent.

It is often seen that chronic absenteeism is a better predictor of a student’s likelihood to graduate than test scores. And this directly impacts a student’s future.


Please help us reduce the amount of chronic Absenteeism at Morningside Elementary.