New focus in Oregon on sixth-grade attendance

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Under new state education benchmarks, school officials are paying extra attention to sixth-grade attendance.

It's part of the achievement agreements between school districts and the Oregon Education Investment Board, which was created by the Legislature to oversee reform.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/cCDnCY) the achievement goals represent part of the state's application for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind rules.

The districts will be looking at sixth-graders with an attendance rate of less than 90 percent. Then schools can identify what's causing the absences and work to keep students in school.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com