Student Enrollment and Attendance Data

Published: 10/21/2015 10:34 AM

​Download current and historical data and policy information on student enrollment, attendance, school calendars and ethnic counts.

The Power of Attendance

Smart policy and implementation can ensure schools and communities collect, monitor and share attendance data. They also can motivate key stakeholders to work together to promote a culture of regular school attendance and intervene when chronic absence is a problem.

Raising the Compulsory School Attendance Age in Kentucky

Kentucky Senate Bill 97, raising the compulsory attendance age to 18, was passed by the Kentucky General Assembly Spring of 2013 session. The new compulsory attendance policy will take effect for most districts beginning with the 2015-16 school year for Kentucky. 
Combatting Chronic Absenteeism - New Federal Initiative
A growing and compelling body of research demonstrates that chronic absence from school—typically defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days in a year for any reason, excused or unexcused – is a primary cause of low academic achievement and a powerful predictor of which students will eventually drop out of school.
Last week, the U.S. Departments of Education (USED), Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Justice (DOJ), called upon states and local education, health, housing, and justice agencies and organizations, in partnership with community stakeholders, to join forces and commit to creating or enhancing coordinated, cross-sector systems for identifying and supporting students who are, or are at risk of becoming, chronically absent, with the goal of reducing chronic absenteeism by at least 10 percent each year, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. They are making a similar commitment at the federal level.
To assist with this effort, a resource has been released called Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism. It can be accessed here.
Further, to achieve this ambitious but attainable goal of reducing chronic absenteeism by at least 10 percent per year, leaders of state and local education, health, housing, and justice systems are asked to work immediately and collaboratively to take the following four action steps:
·       generate and act on absenteeism data
·       create and deploy positive messages and measures
·       focus communities on addressing chronic absenteeism
·       ensure responsibility across sectors

In spring 2016, the USED will release the 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), including the first-ever school-level data on all students across the nation who missed at least 15 days of school for any reason.

I urge you to take a proactive approach and have an effective plan in place to address chronic absenteeism in your district. You may access the full
Dear Colleague letter, which goes into greater detail, online.
Cheri Meadows
Office of Administration Support
Division of District Support
500 Mero Street, 15th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5279
Fax (502) 564-6771