CMSD will wage a communitywide campaign – complete with billboards, yard signs and radio spots – aimed at raising school attendance.

The “Get to School! You Can Make It” campaign will target an epidemic:
In nearly two-thirds of District schools, more than half of the students are chronically absent – defined as missing 10 days or more per year.

Chronic absenteeism is a problem for schools across the country. Attendance Works, a federal and state initiative that has provided guidance to the Cleveland campaign, reports on the effects and solutions.

CMSD’s data shows that missing 10 days or more cuts scores on state reading tests by an average of 12 points and math scores by 15 points; missing those days in ninth or 10th grades can leave a student with a 4-in-10 chance of graduating on time.

CMSD kicked off the campaign July 22 at the Boys and Girls Club on Broadway Avenue in the Slavic Village neighborhood.    See more....


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