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Student Attendance Reaches Record High

Students in the Long Beach Unified School District have attained record high attendance, missing the fewest days of school last year in a 26-year comparison. Record-breaking attendance rates were achieved by students here at all grade levels: elementary, middle and high school. For the second year in a row, the highest percentage of actual attendance was at the middle school level. For decades, elementary schools had led the district with the highest attendance rates, increasing from 92.6 percent in 1980 to 95.9 percent last year. Middle schools’ actual attendance edged past elementary schools again, however, increasing from 89.9 percent in 1980 to 96.2 percent in 2004-05. High school students’ actual attendance grew from 91.3 percent in 1980 to 95.5 percent last year.