Highlighting new and noteworthy data from kidsdata.org
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | Jan. 6, 2011

How Many Students Are Truant, Suspended, or Expelled?
Kidsdata.org Now Offers Local Data

Now available on kidsdata.org: Statewide, county, and school district-level data on truancy, suspensions, and expulsions - offered as both numbers and rates/percents.

One in Four California Students Is Truant

  • In 2009, more than 1.5 million of California’s K-12 students were truant, having missed more than 30 minutes of instruction three or more times without an excuse. Find local truancy data >> 
  • The percentage of truant students in California hovered between 23% and 26% from 2005-2009. See the trend >>

Suspensions Far More Common than Expulsions

  • From 2005-2009 in California, there were approximately 12-13 suspensions per 100 K-12 students annually, ranging from a low of 738,845 suspensions in 2005 to a high of 824,231 in 2008. Find local data on suspensions >>
  • Roughly 21,000 California K-12 students (0.3%) were expelled from school annually in 2005-2009, with the exception of 2007, when 28,000 students (0.5%) were expelled. Find local data on expulsions >>

Perspective on These Data

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