At least 40 percent of California school districts and charter schools have rates of chronic absence in grades K-8 that are high or very high based on new performance measures that will be unveiled next month.
The state board says the report failed to look at total effort to help schools and hold them accountable.
Civil rights groups counted on ESSA accountability rules to force the state board to take tough actions.
It also decides which schools' English learners will fall in the accountability system's low-performing "red zone."
If California does what the U.S. Department of Education says it should do, some students could end up taking two standardized science tests instead of one this spring.
State board president, state superintendent say proposed rules on funding for low-income students would intrude on local control and exceed federal authority.
Congress has given states more freedom to decide how best to use Title I dollars for low-income children.
Schools and districts will be measured based on parent involvement, college and career readiness and, of course, test scores.
College and career readiness indicators may also make the first cut.
The state board would have to measure school climate and chronic absenteeism.