Now that I have a loved one in a public school already (I know, time flies), I have more space or CPU in my brain to pay attention to early education and issues related to school. It is a steep learning curve, but an enlightening one.
One of the days in my son’s first month of his PreK year, I went in to be lectured about attendance, and came back home appreciative that I went. The biggest take-away is that attendance, even at an early age like kindergarten could have striking influence over a young child’s reading competency by the third grade, at least that is what a 2011 California study finds. Here below have some fun guessing how much 5% absence or less (during both kindergarten and first grade years) will translate into young students’ reading competencies two years later.
Many of us in the room were thinking 80-90% range, as 5% absence is like almost perfect attendance. Except that it is not. And the results show. (Please patiently click on the California report and find the correct answer on the second column on page 2.)
My son’s school has a district championing attendance of 97% the past year. After the attendance lecture, getting to school on time every day has certainly claimed a top priority in the family.