ATTENDANCE COLLABORATIVE ACTION NETWORK
The Attendance Collaborative Action Network is led by the Rochester City School District, and focuses on improving the attendance of chronically absent students (those missing 10% or more of school). Research identifies regular attendance as a key indicator of future academic success. Although still far too many children miss school regularly, the 2015-16 school year ended with improvements at every level, with 620 more students in regular attendance, with a rate of 32.7% of students chronically absent. District-wide, K-3 chronic absence improved, going down from 30.1% to 27.6%, with rates at K-3 target schools improving (down to 34.3% from 36.6%). All district elementary schools have seen improvement in chronic absence down from 28.4% to 26.6%, and there is noted improvement at the secondary level down from 48% to 45.2%. Pre-K attendance still needs the most attention, with 55.5% of students chronically absent at district Pre-K sites.