Dataset: 16.7% of Wilton students chronically absent last year

According to a dataset submitted by Stephanie O'Day of the State Department of Education, 16.7% of all students in the Wilton school district were chronically absent during the 2012-13 school year.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% or more of the days enrolled in a school year for any reason, including excused and unexcused absences.

According to a May 15, 2013 report by Ajit Gopalakrishnan, chief of the Bureau of Data Collection, Research & Evaluation: "If chronic early absence is not addressed at the elementary level, then it may worsen in the higher grades."

Information contained in the dataset are based on rates at the overall district level and by selected student subgroups. The dataset provides subgroup percentages of chronically absent students only where there were 20 or more students to be represented.

The breakdown of chronic absenteeism in Wilton by grade level during the 2012-13 year is as follows:

  • 2.8% in grades K-3.
  • 3.0% in grades 4-8.
  • 48.2% in grades 9-12.

According to the data set, 8.5% of Asian students, 17.4% of white students and 22.9% of Hispanic or Latino students in the Wilton school district were chronically absent during the 2012-13 year.

Statistical results for the following student subgroups  were suppressed due to representation of fewer than 20 students:

  • Black and African-American students.
  • American Indian or Alaskan native students.
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students.
  • Students of two or more races.

Approximately 17.2% of students with disabilities were chronically absent during the 2012-13 school year, according to the dataset.

According to the Public School Information System: student attendance rate is measured by dividing a student's total days of attendance by the total number of school days,

A student is classified as chronically absent if his or her attendance rate is less than or equal to 90%.

The full dataset can be viewed here.