- Key findings
Chronic absence from preschool and elementary school -- defined here as missing at least 10% of the school year, regardless of whether or not the absences are excused -- is a key contributor to poorer educational outcomes of black males later in life. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has partnered with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement to produce a factsheet on this topic, as well as other resources.
Certain "racialized" obstacles compromise early school attendance among all black children. These include: environmental toxins that cause health problems, limited and ineffective outreach to parents, and lack of reliable transportation. Tweet
Racialized obstacles that are gender-specific to black males include exposure to complex trauma and early school suspension or expulsion. Tweet
In 2010-2011, black males in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) were five times more likely than their white counterparts to experience chronic absence in elementary school. Tweet
OUSD's approach to reducing chronic absence, which involves careful tracking of data and a full-service community schools model, has begun to demonstrate a measurable impact. Tweet
Home visits, student attendance awards, and assigning parents a specified contact person at school have also been shown to contribute to advancing regular attendance. Tweet
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- JustPartners, Inc.
- Race Matters Institute