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The attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. ... In addition to falling behind in academics, students who are not in school on a regular basis are more likely to get into trouble with the law and cause problems in their communities.

Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career. ... Research shows that attendance is an important factor in student achievement.

Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student's academic performance. ... When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.