OUSD Chronic Absenteeism Study

Released: November 17, 2010

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This research and the following spatial analysis reveals high levels of chronic absence in our district (Chronic Absence is defined as missing 10% or more of a school year- 18 days in California).

Using 6th grade absence data we are able to accurately predict high school drop-out rates for poor children so this is a solid, early indicator of later success or failure for our students.

The OUSD now prepares school level reports on absence each week with splits by ethnicity and gender as this indicator also reveals the massive ethnic disparities in our school system - African American children are more than twice as likely to be chronically absent as their White and Asian counterparts.