To Get Attendance Rates Back Up, Colorado Schools May Need To Rethink Curriculum

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3 years into the pandemic, school attendance rates are still at record lows across the country. In Colorado, according to the Department of Education, 1 in 3 students are chronically absent meaning they miss over 10% of school days. Chronic absenteeism across the state correlates with lower graduation rates, disciplinary problems, and lower test scores. Likewise, low attendance, for 9th graders in Colorado, is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.

KGNU’s Alexis Kenyon spoke with Dr. Joshua Childs, an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Texas and a CU Boulder graduate about how school systems and educators are facing a reckoning.


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