These are our Top Five Classes for attendance last week.
- 1st Place - Mrs. Stills - Kindergarten - 99% Attendance (1 Absence)
- 2nd Place - Mrs. Pickens - 1st Grade - 98% Attendance (2 Absences)
- 3rd Place - Mrs. Maughan - 2nd Grade - 98% Attendance (2 Absences)
- 4th Place - Mrs. Prall - 2nd Grade - 97% Attendance (3 Absences)
- 4th Place (Tie) - Mrs. Hurd - 4th Grade - 97% Attendance (4 Absences)
*Teacher attendance also included in class averages.
*Number of absences are for the whole week.
Why do we recognize top classes for attendance?
Consistent attendance at school (95% or better) is closely tied to both reading and math skills. Good attendance looks like fewer than about 9 days absent in a year, or about 4 or 5 per semester. Perfect attendance isn't super important, but consistent attendance is. Research shows that kids with poor attendance (less than 90% or more than 18 absences in a year) are much less likely to be proficient in reading and math. Poor attendance in upper elementary school and middle school are also correlated with the likelihood of dropping out of high school before graduation.
We make a big deal about consistent attendance because consistent attendance matters to learning and success.