January 18, 2024
NCES data show a decrease in the percentage of public schools that reported supply chain-related procurement challenges compared to prior school year
WASHINGTON (January 18, 2024) — Public school leaders nationwide reported in November 2023 that their average daily attendance rate for students was 90 percent, according to new data from the School Pulse Panel (SPP) released today by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the statistical center within the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Thirty-seven percent of public schools had an average daily attendance rate of 95 percent or higher.
When asked about their concerns related to student and teacher attendance and absences, 15 percent of public schools reported being “extremely concerned” about student absences. Obtaining substitute teachers was the top concern for public schools, with 35 percent of public schools reporting that they were “extremely concerned” about this issue.
Extreme concern related to teacher and non-teaching staff absences were reported by lower percentages of public schools, with 8 percent saying they were “extremely concerned” with teaching absences and 7 percent saying they were “extremely concerned” with non-teaching staff absences.
“The new, timely data on attendance help us understand the extent of absenteeism at public schools, as well as the extent to which absences by students, teachers, and staff are a concern to public school leaders,“ said NCES Commissioner Peggy G. Carr. “The data also show challenges our schools face when it comes to the supply chain for adequate goods and services needed to successfully operate, such as food services, laptops and other electronic devices, and office equipment.”
Compared to the overall percentage of public schools that reported being “extremely concerned” about student absences (15 percent), higher percentages of schools in high-poverty neighborhoods (26 percent), those with a student body made up of 76 percent or more students of color (26 percent), and high/secondary schools (21 percent) reported being “extremely concerned.”
The latest SPP survey also focused on supply chain-related procurement challenges. In November 2023, 52 percent of public schools reported experiencing procurement challenges that appeared to be the result of supply chain disruptions. This was a decrease of 31 percentage points compared to October 2022, when 83 percent of schools reported supply chain-related procurement challenges. The top procurement challenges were related to food services (27 percent), followed by access to laptops and other electronic devices (23 percent).
Additional data collected from 100 public K-12 schools in the U.S. Outlying Areas - American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands - are also available. Public school leaders across the Outlying Areas reported in November 2023 that their average daily attendance rate was 87 percent.
The findings released today, which also include data on school lunch programs and school improvement plans, are part of an experimental data product from the School Pulse Panel, NCES’s innovative approach to delivering timely information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on public K-12 schools in the U.S. The data, collected between November 14 and November 28 of 2023, came from 1,536 participating public K-12 schools from every state and the District of Columbia.
Experimental data products are innovative statistical tools created using new data sources or methodologies. Experimental data may not meet all of NCES’s quality standards but are of sufficient benefit to data users in the absence of other relevant products to justify release. NCES clearly identifies experimental data products upon their release.
All data released today can be found on the School Pulse Panel dashboard at https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/spp/results.asp.
Attendance and Absenteeism
|>=90 to <95 percent
|>=85 to <90 percent
|>=75 to <85 percent
Supply Chain-Related Procurement Challenges & School Lunch Programs
School Improvement Plans (SIP)
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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, is the statistical center of the U.S. Department of Education and the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES fulfills a congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition and progress of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the independent and nonpartisan statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public.