Absences of Chicago students with disabilities are tied to achievement

12/7/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

A report by the Consortium on Chicago School Research that looked at differences in achievement between students with and without special needs found that high-school students with emotional and learning disabilities in Chicago Public Schools missed more days of school than their peers. Students with disabilities were also less likely to graduate. Researchers said it was not clear whether absenteeism caused student performance to drop or if students with special needs became frustrated and missed school.

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