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Health Indicator Report of Public Education - Habitual Truancy

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.

The Percentage of Students Classified as Habitually Truant by County, New Mexico, 2013-2014


County level estimates based on school district percentages. Due to imperfect school district and county boundary correspondence, school districts corresponding to multiple counties were assigned to county based on the county location of the majority of schools in the district. This estimation results in a slight overestimation of percentages for Dona Ana, and Rio Arriba counties and a slight underestimation for Otero, Sandoval, and Torrance counties. This estimation also results in a potential discrepancy for Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.

Data Source

New Mexico Public Education Department, Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe NM 87501. Phone: (505)827-5800. Website:


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.

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: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:40:28 MDT