Attendance Rates Grades 6-9
Attendance rates in MPN schools reveals that as students progress from 6th to 9th grade, attendance rates drop, with the most significant drop between 8th and 9th grade, or as students transition into high school. High truancy rates in MPN target schools are also a significant problem, starting from elementary school and moving through the transition from middle to high school. Bryant is particularly noteworthy, with more than double the state truancy rate and nearly 2.5 times the truancy rate in SFUSD. SFUSD early warning system also indicates that MPN 8th grade students are 4 times more likely and MPN 9th grade students twice as likely to be at risk than their grade level counterparts district-wide.
A “truant” is defined in California as any student who has three unexcused absences of 30 minutes or more during the school year. A “chronically absent” student is defined as one who has been absent (excused or unexcused) for at least 10% of the school year (roughly 18 days).
In collaboration with San Francisco Unified, the City of San Francisco, and City College of San Francisco, the John Gardner Center at Stanford University developed an early warning system (EWS) for identifying students at risk of not graduating from high school. Two eighth grade indicators – or risk factors – that predicted four-year high school graduation rate of approximately 25% were: 1) GPA below 2.0 and 2) attendance rate below 87.5%. Because San Francisco Unified’s early warning system takes into account attendance rates and connects it directly with student proficiency and academic success, rates for MPN 8th grade and 9th grade students are provided here.