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Important Facts for Public Education - Habitual Truancy


The percentage of students classified as habitually truant. Habitually truant refers to a student who has accumulated the equivalent of ten or more unexcused absences within a school year. Unexcused absence is an absence from school or a class for which the student does not have an allowable excuse.


The number of students classified as habitually truant.


The number of enrolled students.

Why Is This Important?

School attendance impacts school achievement and college or career readiness. Chronic absenteeism can be an indicator of difficult circumstances in a student's life. Frequent school absences are associated with risk behaviors and habitual absenteeism can be a predictor of dropping out. As a signal of other potential issues, habitual truancy is an important point of intervention.

Healthy People Objective: AH-5.6, Decrease school absenteeism among adolescents due to illness or injury

U.S. Target: 13.1 percent

Other Objectives

New Mexico Early Learning Indicator
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Content updated: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:23:51 MDT