California Students Have Better Than Average Attendance

The Los Angeles Times (9/2, Watanabe) reports on a study by Attendance Works, finding that “California students attend school more consistently than most of their U.S. peers,” leading to “better performance on national math and reading tests.” Even with that, “nearly 1 in 5 of those students still missed more than three days of class in the month leading up to the National Assessment for Educational Progress.” Meanwhile, “in L.A. Unified, the percentage of students with attendance rates of 96% or higher has steadily increased” from 60 percent in 2009-10 to 71% in 2013-14.