Giving Compass' Take:

· The author reports on new findings from the journal Sociological Science that shows how violence and crime on the way to school contributes to higher rates of student absenteeism. 

· What other factors contribute to high student absenteeism rates? What can be done to reduce these problems? 

· Here's more on student absenteeism and its effects

By modeling the most efficient routes to school for Baltimore students, researchers found those who commute through areas with double the average amount of crime are 6 percent more likely to miss school. Even more crime-ridden routes to school led to proportionately more absenteeism. The findings, which demonstrate yet another way urban violence effects school outcomes, appear in the journal Sociological Science.

“Having to travel through dangerous streets is leading kids to miss school,” says lead author Julia Burdick-Will, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University. “Not showing up for school has important academic consequences and students who must prioritize their own personal safety over attendance have a clear disadvantage.”

Researchers including Burdick-Will have shown that students exposed to violent crime have lower test scores and lower graduation rates. And chronic absenteeism has been linked to lower achievement, student disengagement, and increased risk of dropping out.

Read the full article about student absenteeism by Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins at Futurity.