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Chronic absenteeism in Alaska

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Percent of enrolled public school students who are chronically absent from school by school district in Alaska.

On June 9, 2021, US ED gave notification to DEED that the waiver for this accountability measure would be approved. As a result, schools that were identified for support in the 201920 school year maintained their identification status in the 202021 school year. These identifications were based on data from the 201819 school year.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as being absent from school for at least 10 percent of the school days in which the student is enrolled. The student count includes any student enrolled for at least 10 days at a specific school during the 201516 school year. Because chronic absenteeism is calculated at the school level, any student with 10 days of enrollment at multiple schools would be included in the statewide count multiple times.

Beginning in the 201718 school year, chronic absenteeism was recorded as an accountability indicator with the same definition. However, the student count includes only those that have been enrolled for at least one half of the school term. Correspondence schools and schools located in facilities where students are incarcerated are not included.

Data Source

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

"Accountability Indicators" for each school district for 2017-18, 2018-19, 2020-21*, 2021-22, and 2022-23 are provided at

*Because of disruptions to school operations caused by COVID-19, caution is advised when interpreting data from the 2020-21 school year.  See 2021 Chronic Absenteeism Interpretation Guide


For school years post 2020: If the value is less than or equal to 20, the reported value for the indicator will be 0.  If the value is greater than 80, the reported value for the indicator will be 100.  The 80/20 rule has been established to protect student privacy in Alaska's smaller school districts.  However, for the system to be fair to all school districts, this suppression rule must be applied consistently to every school.

NA: Not Available; S: Suppressed for student privacy  

Last Updated

April 2024