The Mississippi Department of Education is pleased to release the 2017-2018 Chronic Absenteeism Report. The most recent district- and school-level data shows an increase from 2016-2017 (14.15%) to 2017-2018 (16.86%). The data shows an increase in the chronic absenteeism rate in each grade band. This report may be helpful to districts in their efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism rates. Please note that the chronic absenteeism data is part of each district and school report card, located on MDE’s webpage at http://msrc.mdek12.org/.