Chronic Absenteeism in Missouri

Source: Show-Me Institute
by Avery Frank

“With the removal of the minimum school day requirement beginning in the 2019–2020 school year and the rapid rise of the four-day school week, Missouri schools have been scheduling fewer days of instruction. In the 2017–2018 school year, students were in school an average of 171 days. Fast forward to 2022–2023, and that average is now 162 days. It should be noted that instructional hours have not declined by as great of an amount. Missouri students not only have fewer days of school, but they have also been missing more days of school. Chronic absenteeism has become a major problem in our schools. Students who miss more than 10% of school days in a year are considered chronically absent.” (06/06/24)