During Attendance Awareness Month, we’ll be running several guest blogs from allies who are working to improve school attendance and student achievement. Windy Lopez, Director of Community Affairs for Scholastic, contributed this post about the extraordinary work going on in Gainesville, Georgia. The blog post originally appeared on Scholastic’s blog Frizzle.
How can students benefit from effective classroom teaching if they are chronically late and often not in the classroom at all? Research continues to demonstrate the direct correlation between academic achievement and school attendance as well as how excessive absence in the elementary years leads to truancy and school dropout in middle and high school.