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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | May 3, 2012

2011 Data on Truancies, Suspensions, and Expulsions in California

Recently updated on Statewide, county, and school district-level data on truancy, suspensions, and expulsions - offered as both numbers and rates/percents.

Key Findings

  • The percent of California K-12 public school students who were truant climbed from 23% in 2005 to 30% in 2011. Students are considered truant if they miss more than 30 minutes of instruction without an excuse 3 or more times during the school year.

  • In 2010-11, over 1.8 million California students were truant, 700,842 students were suspended, and 18,648 were expelled.

  • Printable Fact Sheet

  • Related Data: Find data on several topics related to truancies, suspensions, and expulsions, including disconnected youth, high school dropouts, bullying, school connectedness, and more.

Why This Topic Is Important

Regular school attendance is a predictor of academic success. Conversely, frequent absences are related to negative outcomes, such as dropping out of high school, which can have lifelong effects on employment and earning potential. A child might miss school for many reasons, including health problems or other excused absences, unexcused absences (truancy), and exclusionary punishments (suspensions and expulsions). More context and related research/websites >>

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Last school year 30% of K-12 students were considered truant, an increase from previous years. That translates to over 1.8 million truant students in 2010-2011. Mascots is a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health, which uses data to promote the health and well being of children.
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