Data Points

Empty desks: Urban counties see higher rates of chronic absenteeism among students

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Chronic absenteeism — defined as a student missing 10 percent or more of required school days in a year — is obviously harmful to the student’s education. Every school day missed is a lesson not learned. It’s also harmful to the schools, because state and federal funding is based on attendance.

Which counties have the largest percentage of chronically absent students?

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1. Sonoma — 17%
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2. Solano — 14.7%
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3. Contra Costa — 10.7%
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4. Alameda — 10%
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5. Napa — 10%
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6. San Mateo — 9.5%
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7. Marin — 8.6%
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8. Santa Clara — 8.6%
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9. San Francisco — 8.3%

1. Sonoma

17%

2. Solano

14.7%

3. Contra Costa

10.7%

4. Alameda

10%

5. Napa

10%

6. San Mateo

9.5%

7. Marin

8.6%

8. Santa Clara

8.6%

9. San Francisco

8.3%

The nature of rural life — including the effects of the weather, the need for students to work either at home or elsewhere, and the remoteness of residents — may explain why urban counties have lower absentee rates.


Source: California Department of Education