Deep racial divide in Oakland schools’ attendance rates

The first detailed look at attendance in Oakland schools shows a deep racial divide between students in class and habitual no-shows, a pattern reflected in grades, test scores and graduation rates.

That big difference between who’s in class and who isn’t helps explain much of the achievement gap between white and Asian students and their African American peers.

Nearly 1 of 5 African American students in Oakland is chronically absent from school, missing at least 10 percent of the 180-day school year. Just 1 in 20 white and Asian students miss that much school.

-Jill Tucker, September 27, 2014

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