College of Education and Human Services
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Dr. Russel O. Mays
Dr. Larry G. Daniel
Dr. Joyce T. Jones
Dr. Carolyn L. Williams
Dr. John J. Venn
Dr. Larry G. Daniel
Chronic absenteeism is a problem that has plagued the public school system for a number of years. The cost of missed days of school can be counted in missed work, missed participation, and missed opportunities. The chronically absent student falls behind his/her peers academically which may lead to grade level retention and truancy. Truancy has been identified as one of the key indicators associated with students in public schools who drop out of school. Truancy can also be a predictor of illegal drug use by students (U.S. Department of Education, 2006).
Researchers have attempted to identify the various characteristics of truant or chronically absent students. Some studies have indicated that student chronic absenteeism may be associated with certain racial/ethnic cultures and tend to occur at some grade levels more than others (Florida Department of Education (FDOE), 2002, 2004a, 2005a, & 2006a). Other studies indicated that socioeconomic status and enrollment in the exceptional education program may be indicators for chronic absenteeism (FDOE, 2004a). Still others have indicated that certain types of disciplinary action used in the school may also indicate the level of chronic absenteeism and truancy (Hoffman, Llagas, & Snyder, 2003).
The present research identified variables that have the greatest degree of association with student chronic absenteeism in Florida public schools. The variables that were identified as having the greatest association with students who were chronically absent included students assigned to in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, exceptional educational programs, and who have not been promoted to the next grade. The greatest common factor is out-of-school suspension.
Antworth, Roger Herbert, "Factors Associated With Public School Chronic Absenteeism" (2008). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 324.