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Chronically absent students in New Jersey

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Why This Indicator Matters

Based on a 180-day school year, any student who misses 18 days or more per year — or about two days per month — is considered chronically absent. When students are young, too many absences can reduce their chances of reading proficiently by third grade, a key indicator of long-term academic success.  When students are older, absenteeism places them at risk of not graduating high school, not attending college or failing to find a meaningful career.  

Visit ACNJ's website for more information on chronic absenteeism in New Jersey.
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Definition and Source



Students who miss 10 percent or more of total enrolled school days, includes suspensions and both excused and unexcused absences.  Data for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Data Source

As reported by the N.J. Department of Education, end of year data submission.  


Data updated 4.9.20.

Note: For chronic absenteeism data from the 2017-18 school year and later, please visit the NJ Department of Education's (NJDOE) School Performance Reports to view data at the district and school levels. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NJDOE did not report chronic absenteeism figures for the 2019-20 school year. Data for the 2020-21 school year were not reported at the state level, and district/school-level data should be interpreted with caution due to different modes of instruction throughout the school year.

Last Updated

April 2020