CLE discusses Students with Disabilities and Chronic Absenteeism in new NCEO Issue Brief.

The 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as the Every

Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires states to include one or more school quality or student

success measures in their accountability system. Many states have selected chronic absenteeism

as their school quality measure.

 

This Brief provides information about chronic absenteeism and possible implications for students

with disabilities when a state selects it as a measure of school quality or student success. It

highlights both the benefits and potential risks in light of requirements in the Individuals with

Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504),

and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

The Brief also suggests actions that states might consider taking to address chronic absences

among students with disabilities at the state and local levels as they work to include this new

measure in accountability systems.

 

Please see below for links to the full Brief and related resources:

 

Students with Disabilities and Chronic Absenteeism Issue Brief.

 

Chronic Absenteeism and Students with Disabilities: Health Status of Students with

Disabilities – Impact on Attendance.

 

Chronic Absenteeism: Recognizing Child Find Obligations.

 

Chronic Absenteeism and Students with Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions.