What is Truancy?
Truancy is essentially unexcused absences from school or an education system. Students that miss too many days of school are at risk of district or legal action.
Why is attending school so important?
Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform better academically. In addition, schools provide students with a community and teach children how to interact with their peers and important social skills. The consistency and routine that schools provide helps students with organizational skills and prepares students for future careers after graduation.
Student attendance matters for academic performance.
Students reporting missing three or more days had lower average test scores in reading and math than students with fewer absences.
Middle and high school absenteeism can predict dropout rates.
As early as sixth grade, absenteeism becomes an indicator a student will drop out.
Improving attendance is an essential strategy for reducing achievement gaps.
It is essential to intervene early to ensure an equal opportunity to learn.
Research for information above was conducted by Attendance Works. Attendance Works is a national organization dedicated to improving the policy, practice and research around attendance.