Educators play a critical role in creating a culture of positive attendance at school. It is important to emphasize and monitor attendance starting on day one. Too many absences can make learning hard and cause students to fall behind. Chronic absence - missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month - can lead to lower grades and test scores. It is also related to lower reading and math skills, and high school graduation rates.
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