68% of Newark High School Students Chronic to Severely-Chronically Absent

Thursday, September 05, 2013


The average student in New Jersey’s largest city was absent more than 15 days last year, according to a new report by Newark Public Schools.

But a new initiative from Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson aims to cut absenteeism in half within the next three years.

The district has launched Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow — a campaign requiring each school in Newark to engage and support the parents of last year’s chronically absent students, and to work with community groups and school support teams to set attendance goals and create an accountability system.


High School Student Absenteeism By High School Type 2012-2013

(Newark Public Schools) 

From the report:

  • 82 percent of high school students (excluding magnet and alternative schools) were chronically or severely-chronically absent, meaning they missed more than 10 or more than 20 days of school, respectively.
  • 49 percent of K-8 students were chronically or severely-chronically absent.
  • Nationwide, 13 percent of students are chronically or severely-chronically absent. 



    Comments [1]

    Denise from Newark

    This report only focused on what the NPS administration has said without reporting depth. Attendance has been a real problem in Newark. Why did the report say nothing about the incongruity of firing all of the Attendance Counselors? Why did the report say nothing about the job of attendance counseling and tracking being added to the job of the teacher? Attendance Counselors went to homes, knocked on doors, took parents to court, and got children back into the classroom. Who will do that now? How many consultants were hired instead? What are their salaries? What added value is there? If students do not show up in class, the school loses money for each child who is not in a seat. The principal and teachers get cited for not doing their job because the scores drop. How does it make sense to fire the line of defense against absenteeism?

    Sep. 07 2013 02:55 PM

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