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It’s True: Attendance Has a Direct Influence on Literacy

Here at Read by 4th, we stand by our Six Bold Ideas, especially: “Families make perfect school attendance a monthly goal because every day counts, start to finish This is  because we’ve always felt that the best way for kids to learn how to read is for them to be in their seats at the start of the school day, every school day. Now, a new study confirms that there is a link between student attendance and the ability of students’ ability to read by the third grade.

Researchers from Arizona State University, working alongside Read on Arizona, used data from a variety of sources to find there is a 1.5 percent average increase of students passing the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) third-grade reading test for every 1 percent increase in third-grade admission. They also discovered for every 1 percent increase in chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more days during the school year), there is an average decrease of 0.3 percent in students passing third grade AIMS reading.

In a blog post for the Brookings Institute, researchers indicate “addressing absenteeism may be essential to improving childhood literacy and student learning..”

So, what can you do? As we like to say, set out clothes the night before; map out the best way to school, and make sure you have a backup plan in case there is trouble along the route; make sure you have a backup plan to the backup plan; give yourself enough time in the morning, etc.

There are plenty of things you can do to make sure you child is in his or her seat on time every day. If you need ideas, visit our For Families page and check out pages on tips and strategies to help your child become the best reader they possibly can.

Remember, literacy is directly influenced by the attendance rate. Do all you can to make sure your son or daughter is in school on time every day.