Student absences are a major factor that limits student and school success. Studies have found a strong correlation between academic achievement scores and school attendance. Such work supports common sense: students who are not at school cannot receive instruction. Excessive absenteeism is a precursor of school dropout and is related to juvenile delinquency. Moreover, because average daily attendance rates are a common determiner of school funding, absences mean that schools have fewer resources to do the job.
School attendance is affected by a number of factors including the student's ability to safely walk to school, to feel safe from violence at school, and interruptions in school attendance caused by disruptions at home, among others. The City of Trenton should partner with the School District and its community education stakeholders to leverage and expand efforts to ensure that Trenton’s residents are attending school.