There are some new troubling numbers released by the government when it comes to students missing school.

FOX's Jon Decker has more from the White House:

According to a new report from the Education Department, 6.5 million students nationwide were chronically absent in the 2013-14 school year. That's more than one out of every 10 students missing at least three full weeks of school.

The rates were higher for high school students, more than three million were chronically absent, nearly one in five high school students. It's the first time the department has collected student absenteeism data.

Meanwhile, the same report found a significant drop in school suspensions for K-12 students, down nearly 20 percent from the previous reporting period.

At the White House, Jon Decker, FOX News.