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Report: Fewer chronically absent students in RCSD during 2014-2015 year

The report tracks key measures of well-being for children and youth in the City of Rochester in 45 so-called "cradle-to-career" indicators of academic achievement. (Photo: ROC The Future Report)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - An annual report showed some progress for children who miss a great deal of school in Rochester.

The 4th annual ROC the Future report was released Tuesday.

The report tracks key measures of well-being for children and youth in the City of Rochester in 45 so-called "cradle-to-career" indicators of academic achievement.

A total of 620 fewer students missed class chronically, which is considered approximately ten percent of all classes during a school year. That's a drop from 38 percent to 33 percent.

Pre-K data continues to show 55.5 percent of students chronically absent, while 65 percent of children have no access to after-school programs.

“We’re at a critical turning point, and by aligning our efforts and focusing strategically we can be assured greater impact on reaching our shared goals,” said Jennifer Leonard, President and CEO of the Community Foundation and Chair of ROC the Future. “Progress isn’t nearly big or fast enough, and we are far from satisfied with these outcomes. But we are using these challenges to inspire and accelerate a greater collective effort among us to drive results.”

ROC the Future (RtF) is an alliance of more than 50 leading Rochester-area institutions and community partners that works with the Rochester City School District (RCSD) to promote alignment of strategies, resources, and accountability for improving the academic achievement of Rochester’s children.

The report card and all indicators can be read online here.

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