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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 School District, New Mexico, 2014-2015

Includes schools governed by public school districts; excludes state-authorized charters.
Includes schools governed by public school districts; excludes state-authorized charters.


** = data not reported.

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
Page Content Updated On 08/23/2017, Published on 08/28/2017
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Content updated: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:23:51 MDT