Attendance falling for LAUSD’s first graders

The overall attendance rate for first graders in Los Angeles Unified is down 3.7% compared to a year ago — and down by two or three times that rate for some of the highest-needs students — according to the latest data from the district.

Cumulative attendance rates since the start of the school year show a 7.5% drop in attendance among Black students and a 4.1% decrease among Latino students in the first grade. The rates also went down by 4.2% for English learners, 4% for students with disabilities, 9.6% for foster youths and 13.5% for homeless students.

The data, presented during the superintendent’s weekly community briefing on Monday, Sept. 28, come on the heels of a class-action lawsuit against the district brought by a group of parents alleging that LAUSD’s distance learning program is failing to meet the needs of its most vulnerable students. Click here to read more: