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Truancy: % of Students Absent More Than 20 Days in an Academic Year


Story Behind the Curve

Absenteeism and truancy contribute to lost learning opportunities and have negative long-term consequences for students and communities. High levels of school absence are associated with a higher risk of school failure, high school dropout, delinquent behavior, substance abuse, and other high-risk behaviors.

The current data reporting system is structured to collect statistics for absences of more than 20 days, although it is important to note that these data do not differentiate between students with “excused” versus “unexcused” absences. Additionally, this measure does not include students enrolled for fewer than 91 days during the school year.

What Works

Maryland educators appreciate the significant role parents play in their children's education. Absentee rates from school are one measure of parent-school collaboration. The absentee rate increased form 11.8% in 2016 to 13.9% in 2017.

The Maryland State Board of Education’s family involvement policy, adopted in October 2001, is supportive of the fact that when schools, families, and community organizations work together to support learning children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more. Through this policy, MSDE is able to create professional development programs on family, school, and community involvement for school staff and families.

Local Highlight

Through family involvement policy, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Truancy Courts, and a regional consortium on the Eastern Shore, as well as the strong involvement of Pupil Personnel Programs addressing individual involvement with local departments of social services, juvenile services, and the Attorney General’s Office, Local School Systems are continuing to place an emphasis on school attendance and achievement.

Data Discussion

The percent of students in all grades (public schools) absent more than 20 days of the school year (excluding summer school).

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