Empty Seats: The Epidemic of Absenteeism Among Homeless Elementary Students

Uses data from New York City public school elementary students to examine the relationship between school mobility, absenteeism, and school performance. Findings indicate that homeless elementary school students missed an average of four weeks of school, were chronically absent at almost twice the overall citywide rate, and were more likely to repeat grades, and score lower on assessment tests than their low-income peers.  

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