Houston Matters

Combating Chronic Absenteeism in HISD

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a report on chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing 10 percent of more of the school year — which equates to about two days a month. According to that report, more than 600,000 children in Texas were chronically absent during the 2013-2014 school year. A separate report […]

School Bus Education Illustration - MHagertyThe U.S. Department of Education recently released a report on chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing 10 percent of more of the school year — which equates to about two days a month. According to that report, more than 600,000 children in Texas were chronically absent during the 2013-2014 school year.

A separate report from last year found about 21,000 students in HISD were chronically absent during the 2014-2015 school year.

To discuss what the school district is doing to address chronic absenteeism, we talk with Lauren Caruba, an investigative fellow with the Houston Chronicle.

MORE:
HISD Seeks to Combat Chronic Absenteeism (Houston Chronicle, June 10, 2016)
Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation’s Schools (Department of Education Report)

Share

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

More Information