Research shows that chronic absenteeism affects long-term educational outcomes, and a school’s disciplinary policies can increase the impact of absences on students. Twelve percent of Arkansas kindergarteners through third graders are chronically absent, which means they miss 10 percent or more of the school year.
Research shows that 85 percent of a child’s core brain development occurs by age three. This makes the first few years of a child’s life crucial for healthy brain development and early academic experiences to prepare young children for school.
Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, visited Arkansas this week. Smith participated in several events with AR-GLR highlighting Arkansas’s commitment to reading.