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ERIC Number: ED544333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Variation in 2010-11 Truancy Rates among District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) High Schools and Middle Schools
Liberman, Akiva; Cahill, Meagan
Urban Institute
Truancy is well documented as an indicator of high risk for drop-out and failure to graduate, as well as a risk factor for delinquency. This report provides a snapshot of truancy in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) high schools and middle schools in 2010-11. School data on student absenteeism was combined with Census and crime data on school neighborhoods and students’ residential neighborhoods. In the 2010-2011 school year, 2,500 high school students were chronically truant in District of Columbia Public Schools; at four schools over half of the students were chronically truant. High school truancy rates were moderately related to poverty and crime in students' residential neighborhoods and to violence near school. But the absenteeism of students in eighth grade was the strongest predictor of high school truancy rates. Focusing on middle school attendance issues may therefore be the most effective means of lowering high school truancy rates. Appended are detailed middle school neighborhood tables. (Contains 13 exhibits and 9 footnotes.) [This report was produced by the District of Columbia Crime Policy Institute, part of the Urban Institute. This project was supported by a grant awarded by the Justice Grants Administration, Executive Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia. The funding for this grant was provided through the Byrne Justice Assistance Act Grant Program, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia