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09/12/2014

Update: The CA Attorney General's 2014 Truancy Report

Tags: CA Attorney General, truancy, absenteeism

On August 22nd, Eagle Software posted a blog and reached out to the Aeres Talk/Arena listserv requesting school districts using Aeries to contribute to the California Attorney General's update to a report released last year on California's Elementary school truancy and absenteeism crisis. In partnering with the Attorney General's office, Eagle Software developed an extract within Aeries SIS that generated a report to send summary attendance information to the Attorney General office.

Despite the very short timeline involved, numerous Aeries school districts made a huge contribution to the gathering of data to analyze in the updated report for 2014. In fact, the Office of the Attorney General received sample data from 32 pertinent California school districts, representing close to 150,000 students in the state. This provided a great sampling, with school districts of all sizes representing students of all backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses included. The Attorney General's office used the sampling to extrapolate estimated statistics for the whole state of California.

Both the 2013 "In School + On Track" report and the just-released 2014 report can be found at: https://oag.ca.gov/truancy

The 2014 report was able to build upon the information discovered in the 2013 report and make several astounding observations about the truancy and absenteeism crisis in California Elementary schools. Some of these include:

  • - Approximately 1 in 10 of California elementary schools has a truancy rate that exceeds 40%
  • - 250,000 students are estimated to be chronically absent - absent for any reason (excused or otherwise) for at least 10% of the school year
  • - Over 40,000 elementary school students were severly chronically absent last school year -- absent for any reason for at least 20% of the school year
  • - 2% of all students were chronically truant last school year - absent without an excuse 10% or more of the school year
  • - Almost 90% of students with severe attendance problems are low-income
  • - African American, American Indian, and Alaskan native students missed over twice as many days of school per student due to suspensions than caucasian students
  • - The number of school days missed per student due to suspensions was three times as high for special education students and five times as high for foster students when compared to all students

Eagle Software continues to support the Office of the Attorney General in their dedicated efforts to battle the elementary school truancy and absenteeism crisis in California and applauds its efforts to use real data and information to drive policy and recommendations for action.

Both the Attorney General's Office and Eagle Software would like to thank all of the school districts that contributed to the 2014 report and assisted in this valuable effort.

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