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In Class And On Task: New State Plan Would Track Student Attendance And Test Scores

Schools and districts in Washington that struggle with students missing too many days of class may be flagged for additional support under the new federal education law, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act.

When Congress replaced No Child Left Behind with a new law, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, lawmakers kept the same testing requirements but also required states to select one non-test way to track school quality and student success.

Options include measuring school climate and safety, how prepared high-school graduates are for college and the workplace, family engagement and more.

In Washington, where nearly 1 in 5 students are chronically absent, state education officials plan to add attendance to the mix.