Truancy

Attendance Matters

Absenteeism hurts the student

  • Students who are frequently absent fall behind in academics and miss important socialization concepts that enhance their ability to understand and follow directions or, ultimately, plan for the future. 

  • High school dropouts are two-and-a half times more likely to be on welfare than high school graduates and are almost twice as likely to be unemployed, according to a U.S. Department of Education 1996 finding.  

  • Studies show that truancy frequently leads to criminal activity, drug use, and incarceration. 

  • Research has found a clear link between academic failure in the early grades and delinquent behavior in adolescence (Howell 1995).

  • According to recent statistics, about 50 percent of prison inmates are high school dropouts and cost society well over $240 billion in lost wages and taxes over their lifetimes.

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"When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their

academic prospects and chances for graduating"

- anonymous