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Chronic Absenteeism Indicator

This indicator, reported on the California School Dashboard, applies to districts and schools with students in grades K–8.

What is this Indicator?

The Chronic Absenteeism Indicator is one of several state indicators that the California Department of Education (CDE) reports on the California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard). It represents the percentage of students who were absent for 10 percent or more of the instructional days they were enrolled to attend.

For most of the other state indicators, the desired outcome is to have a high percentage in the current year and an increase in percentage from the prior year. However, for this indicator, the desired outcome is reversed and the goal is to achieve a low chronic absenteeism rate.

This indicator is reported on the Dashboard for any local educational agency (LEA) and school that enrolls students in kindergarten through grade eight. Students in transitional kindergarten are unable to be reported separately from kindergarten and are therefore included in the enrollment counts for the chronic absenteeism rate. Students enrolled less than 30 days are not eligible to be included in the enrollment counts.

Additional Reports

Designed for educators, the School Dashboard Additional Reports offer information and data beyond what are reported on the Dashboard, including summarized views across all state indicators. One report specific to this indicator is the:

  • 2023 Five-by-Five Chronic Absenteeism Placement Report


General Information about the Indicator

Technical Information about the Indicator

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Chronic Absenteeism Indicator FAQs web page addresses the common questions received on this state indicator.

Additional Information about the Dashboard

Next Steps

There are no next steps or upcoming changes for this indicator.


Archived materials from prior Dashboard releases.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 14, 2023