During the 2011-12 school year, nearly 30 percent of all California public school students—more than 1.8 million—were truant. More than 350,000 students accounted for more than 700,000 suspensions and nearly 10,000 students were expelled. African American and Native American students were disproportionately likely to be suspended or expelled. (Source: California Department of Education)
For more statistics and research on the nature and prevalence of truancy and school discipline, including county-level and district-level data, see:
Truancy and school discipline are associated with a host of negative consequences, including a decline in academic achievement, a greater likelihood of dropping out of school, poor health and well-being outcomes, and an increased risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.
For more information on the impact of truancy and school discipline on children, families, and communities, see:
Following are links to research reports, program evaluations, policy papers, and data sources that may be useful to courts and justice partners interested in addressing truancy and school discipline issues in their communities.