Hawaii Schools Target 'Chronically Absent' Kids

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

Nearly two out of every 10 of Hawaii’s public elementary students missed school last year at “chronic” rates that the Department of Education says strongly indicate which kids are at high risk for falling behind and dropping out.

Eighteen percent of elementary school children were chronically absent last year, meaning they missed 15 or more days of school, according to data released Monday that outlines the first annual results of the DOE’s new so-called Strive HI Performance System.

Chronic absenteeism is just one of several metrics the new system uses to measure school-specific student performance and improvement across all grade levels. Those metrics are tallied into a total score that then determines a school’s ranking.

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