January 8, 2015
Contact: Heidi Embley, ASD Communications
As the second semester of school is underway, Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff is re-emphasizing the importance of consistent school attendance.
“Our educators are focused on providing engaging curriculum and class lessons to help students achieve. Having students in school every day increases those learning opportunities for success,” said Graff.
A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn, Graff said. ASD test data shows there is a direct correlation between students who attend school regularly and higher academic achievement levels.
The district’s strategic plan, Destination 2020, calls for every student to attend school at least 90 percent of the time. That means a student can miss no more than 17 school days per year, that’s less than two absences per month.
ASD attendance data shows that only 81 percent of students met that goal during the first semester of this school year.
“Attending school every day not only improves a student’s education, it’s an important habit and a valuable work ethic,” said Graff. “We are fortunate to have engaged community and business partners lending their support to show the importance of school attendance and how this will benefit students long after graduation.”
What do ASD students think of school attendance? We asked them why they miss school, what motivates them to attend and what ASD staff can do to engage them and help them see the importance of coming to school every day. Watch their response in this video, created with the help of students from Romig Middle School, Bartlett High School and South High School.
Learn more about absences and ways you can improve student attendance by visiting ASD's attendance page.
1st Semester Student Attendance
Percentage of students with
90% attendance or better