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Chronically absent students, by race 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.  Represents students in grades Pre-K through grade 12.

Data Source

As reported by the N.J. Department of Education, School Performance Reports.


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 should be interpreted with caution due to different modes of instruction throughout the school year.

Updated 12/15/2023.

Last Updated

December 2023