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Absences Add Up, Is North Carolina Counting?

Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell
Wikimedia Commons -2017
Two-thirds of states used chronic absenteeism as a metric for school evaluation, but North Carolina does not.

Two-thirds of states used chronic absenteeism as a metric for school evaluation in recently submitted federal plans.

The indicator can be used to predict student performance and evaluate how schools are doing overall. But North Carolina chose not to include absenteeism as a factor when measuring schools, an omission that is likely due to a lack of awareness, according to Tracy Zimmerman, executive director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. She says requirements to collect this data are new and educators and superintendents don’t always realize what the problem is, and more importantly, that there are opportunities to do something about it. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Tracy Zimmerman about chronic absenteeism and what schools can do to reduce it.

This is a  rebroadcast. This story originally aired on October 11, 2017.

Jennifer Brookland is the American Homefront Project Veterans Reporting Fellow. She covers stories about the military and veterans as well as issues affecting the people and places of North Carolina.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.