DATA: 10% of Students in California Are ‘Chronically Absent’

The California Department of Education has, for the first time, released data regarding chronic absenteeism.

The information shows that 694,030, student of the more than 6.4 million enrolled were chronically absent during the 2016-17 school year.

“This is a big step forward in efforts to provide useful information to schools,” said State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. “This data helps us determine which schools, districts, and student groups have the largest concentration of chronic absences, allowing educators and community members to focus attention and resources and take actions needed to keep those students in class and back on the path to academic success.”

About 1 in 4 foster youth and 1 in 5 homeless youth are chronically absent, according to the data.

A student is considered a chronic absentee if he or she is absent 10 percent of the days they were enrolled in a school.

Only eleven counties have rates lower than the 10.8 percent state average. Orange County has the lowest rate with 8.3 percent. Unsurprisingly, with 175,238, Los Angeles County has the highest number of chronically absent students but it also has the highest number of enrolled students in the state.

Search the CDE database here.