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How Chronic Absenteeism is Calculated 

  • Chronic absenteeism includes students enrolled in more than one school will be included in the report. 
  • Chronic absenteeism includes any student enrolled in a school for at least 10 days must be included in the calculation. 
    • Chronic absenteeism report includes any student absent 10% or more of the time that he/she was enrolled in any school.
    • Chronic absenteeism includes any student who misses 50% or more of a school day.  

Differences Between Average Daily Attendance (ADA) and Chronic Absenteeism

Average Daily Attendance (ADA) is a “snapshot” for a specified period in the academic school year which is usually an average of months 2 (October) and 3 (November).  An average of month 1 (August/September) and month 9 (May) of the previous school year may be utilized if higher daily attendance is attained. The ADA, as previously described, is utilized as a funding mechanism for public school funding known as the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). However, chronic absenteeism spans throughout the current academic school year and is utilized to give a clear correlation between student absences and academic impact. 

The percent of enrolled students who attend school each day. While the average daily attendance rate has been used for reporting purposes for many years, the use of a single average measure tends to mask significant attendance problems.

Toni Y. Kersh

Bureau Director, Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement