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Table 167. Tenth-graders' attendance patterns, by selected student and school characteristics: 1990 and 2002
Attendance pattern All students Sex Race/ethnicity Socioeconomic status1 Control of school attended
Male Female White Black Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/Alaska Native Low Middle High Public Catholic Other private
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Percentage of 10th-
   graders in 1990
                                                       
Number of days missed in
   first half of
   current school year
                                                       
None 14.9 (0.44) 18.0 (0.69) 11.8 (0.47) 23.2 (1.82) 12.7 (1.09) 23.9 (1.98) 13.3 (0.44) 12.4 (3.02) 14.4 (0.85) 15.1 (0.65) 14.8 (0.68) 14.8 (0.46) 18.8 (2.19) 14.2 (1.66)
1 or 2 days 25.0 (0.50) 26.3 (0.78) 23.7 (0.65) 30.6 (2.06) 24.4 (1.56) 27.7 (1.55) 24.4 (0.61) 20.4 (5.38) 21.9 (0.97) 25.4 (0.71) 26.7 (0.96) 24.3 (0.51) 27.0 (2.37) 37.5 (3.92)
3 or 4 days 28.0 (0.53) 27.4 (0.77) 28.7 (0.73) 23.7 (1.96) 24.9 (1.34) 23.8 (1.51) 29.4 (0.64) 28.6 (3.55) 26.0 (0.99) 27.6 (0.71) 30.2 (1.00) 28.4 (0.56) 27.0 (2.07) 25.4 (2.71)
5 or more days 32.1 (0.61) 28.3 (0.85) 35.8 (0.83) 22.5 (2.07) 38.0 (2.08) 24.6 (1.96) 32.9 (0.69) 38.6 (4.34) 37.7 (1.33) 32.0 (0.82) 28.3 (1.12) 32.5 (0.64) 27.2 (2.23) 22.8 (2.96)
                                                         
Number of times late in
   first half of
   current school year
                                                       
Never 26.9 (0.63) 27.6 (0.87) 26.1 (0.78) 23.4 (1.98) 18.9 (1.65) 21.0 (1.51) 29.1 (0.72) 19.1 (3.73) 26.5 (1.16) 27.5 (0.82) 26.4 (0.96) 27.1 (0.65) 28.7 (2.66) 19.2 (2.74)
1 or 2 days 39.1 (0.62) 39.0 (0.92) 39.1 (0.82) 41.2 (2.20) 39.0 (1.92) 41.3 (1.98) 38.6 (0.70) 38.3 (4.16) 39.2 (1.25) 39.1 (0.84) 39.3 (1.23) 38.7 (0.63) 39.3 (2.17) 48.0 (3.67)
3 or more days 34.0 (0.73) 33.4 (0.98) 34.7 (0.88) 35.3 (2.36) 42.1 (2.67) 37.7 (2.20) 32.2 (0.77) 42.6 (3.68) 34.3 (1.54) 33.4 (0.85) 34.3 (1.21) 34.2 (0.75) 31.9 (2.63) 32.8 (3.80)
                                                         
Number of times cut
   classes in first half
   of current school year
                                                       
Never 66.5 (0.70) 65.7 (0.87) 67.2 (0.91) 69.8 (2.45) 55.9 (1.90) 66.6 (2.21) 67.8 (0.80) 56.6 (4.19) 64.2 (1.39) 66.6 (0.89) 68.0 (1.20) 65.2 (0.76) 78.2 (2.43) 73.2 (3.65)
1 or 2 times 21.2 (0.50) 21.2 (0.68) 21.3 (0.69) 20.2 (1.89) 24.4 (1.40) 21.3 (1.79) 20.8 (0.55) 28.8 (3.74) 22.5 (1.17) 20.6 (0.63) 21.5 (1.04) 21.8 (0.52) 16.8 (1.95) 18.0 (3.49)
3 to 6 times 7.2 (0.33) 7.7 (0.43) 6.8 (0.47) 4.7 (0.89) 10.8 (1.09) 7.0 (0.82) 6.9 (0.39) 6.9 (2.50) 7.7 (0.73) 7.3 (0.48) 6.6 (0.53) 7.5 (0.34) 3.4 (0.94) 6.9 (1.18)
More than 6 times 5.1 (0.31) 5.4 (0.48) 4.8 (0.36) 5.4 (1.00) 9.0 (0.94) 5.2 (1.22) 4.5 (0.33) 7.8 (2.61) 5.5 (0.56) 5.5 (0.46) 3.9 (0.41) 5.6 (0.35) 1.7 (0.59) 1.9 (0.63)
                                                         
                                                         
Percentage of 10th-
   graders in 2002
                                                       
Number of days missed in
   first half of
   current school year
                                                       
None 14.3 (0.38) 16.1 (0.51) 12.5 (0.47) 12.1 (0.14) 28.3 (1.59) 16.5 (0.84) 14.2 (0.88) 13.0 (0.48) 13.4 (0.68) 14.0 (0.48) 15.8 (0.80) 14.0 (0.40) 16.1 (1.23) 19.2 (2.22)
1 or 2 days 35.4 (0.52) 36.1 (0.69) 34.8 (0.68) 25.0 (0.92) 35.7 (1.58) 38.4 (1.17) 33.5 (1.46) 35.5 (0.66) 32.7 (0.97) 35.5 (0.72) 38.3 (0.97) 35.0 (0.56) 41.0 (1.62) 39.9 (1.72)
3 to 6 days 33.0 (0.53) 31.9 (0.69) 34.2 (0.69) 35.5 (1.38) 24.3 (1.23) 30.7 (1.08) 32.7 (1.01) 34.4 (0.69) 33.4 (0.86) 32.4 (0.73) 34.0 (1.01) 33.2 (0.56) 33.1 (1.51) 29.8 (2.05)
More than 6 days 17.2 (0.41) 16.0 (0.56) 18.5 (0.59) 27.4 (0.32) 11.7 (1.16) 14.3 (0.95) 19.6 (1.09) 17.1 (0.49) 20.5 (0.88) 18.1 (0.54) 11.9 (0.66) 17.8 (0.44) 9.8 (0.77) 11.1 (1.21)
                                                         
Number of times late in
   first half of
   current school year
                                                       
Never 26.0 (0.54) 26.0 (0.73) 26.0 (0.68) 19.8 (0.65) 27.4 (1.41) 17.4 (0.86) 20.4 (1.18) 29.8 (0.67) 24.5 (0.87) 25.9 (0.66) 28.0 (0.95) 25.7 (0.58) 33.3 (1.79) 25.1 (2.22)
1 or 2 days 37.4 (0.54) 36.5 (0.75) 38.4 (0.71) 35.8 (2.42) 36.2 (1.52) 36.5 (1.33) 34.9 (1.17) 38.7 (0.66) 36.9 (0.98) 36.7 (0.71) 39.4 (0.89) 37.3 (0.57) 40.4 (1.32) 38.3 (1.39)
3 or more days 36.5 (0.62) 37.4 (0.82) 35.6 (0.77) 44.4 (1.89) 36.4 (1.58) 46.1 (1.48) 44.8 (1.45) 31.5 (0.71) 38.6 (1.01) 37.4 (0.78) 32.6 (1.03) 37.0 (0.67) 26.3 (1.54) 36.5 (2.08)
                                                         
Number of times cut
   classes in first half
   of current school year
                                                       
Never 68.4 (0.70) 68.1 (0.87) 68.7 (0.83) 70.3 (3.43) 68.9 (1.76) 64.6 (1.64) 56.3 (1.48) 72.9 (0.75) 62.2 (1.10) 67.3 (0.85) 77.0 (1.02) 67.1 (0.75) 86.1 (1.39) 80.8 (1.89)
1 or 2 times 18.7 (0.46) 18.8 (0.65) 18.5 (0.58) 22.2 (3.43) 17.5 (1.25) 20.2 (1.15) 23.9 (1.01) 16.7 (0.55) 21.4 (0.78) 19.5 (0.64) 14.3 (0.82) 19.2 (0.49) 11.0 (1.12) 13.7 (1.38)
3 to 6 times 6.8 (0.32) 6.8 (0.40) 6.9 (0.41) 4.7 (0.29) 8.2 (1.08) 9.0 (0.76) 9.0 (0.83) 5.7 (0.34) 8.0 (0.68) 7.1 (0.38) 5.1 (0.47) 7.2 (0.34) 1.8 (0.40) 3.9 (0.57)
More than 6 times 6.1 (0.30) 6.3 (0.40) 5.9 (0.40) 2.7 (0.32) 5.3 (0.65) 6.2 (0.67) 10.9 (0.97) 4.7 (0.31) 8.4 (0.63) 6.1 (0.39) 3.6 (0.38) 6.5 (0.32) 1.0 (0.26) 1.7 (0.47)
1 Socioeconomic status (SES) was measured by a composite score on parental education and occupations, and family income. The "low" SES group is the lowest quarter; the "middle" SES group is the middle two quarters; and the "high" SES group is the upper quarter.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Data for 2002 for persons reporting two or more races are not shown separately, but are included in totals. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88/90), "First Follow-up Student Survey, 1990"; and Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), Base Year. (This table was prepared December 2009.)
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