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Table 21.  Percentage of students ages 12-18 who skipped school in the 4 weeks prior to the survey and how often these students engaged in truancy during this time period, by school characteristics: 2003


    Skipped school   If yes, number of days skipped  
Student or school characteristic   Yes   No   1–2 days   3–4 days   5–9 days   10 or more days  
Total    8.5   91.3   66.1   18.3   10.5   5.1  
                           
Sex                           
Male    9.1   90.7   64.8   17.4   10.3   7.5  
Female    7.9   91.9   67.6   19.4   10.8   2.2 !
                           
Race/ethnicity1                           
White, non-Hispanic    8.3   91.6   62.9   21.7   10.6   4.8  
Black, non-Hispanic    8.5   91.3   70.2   10.8 ! 11.5 ! 7.5 !
Hispanic    9.6   89.9   73.1   14.7   8.4 ! 3.9 !
Other, non-Hispanic    7.9   91.5   66.6   13.4 ! 14.7 !  
                           
Grade                           
6th    2.5   97.4   61.0       #  
7th    2.9   97.0   86.7       #  
8th    2.8   96.9   68.5        
9th    7.5   92.4   62.0   18.8   14.7    
10th    10.8   88.9   75.5   13.9   5.7 ! 4.8 !
11th    13.7   85.9   60.3   22.7   11.3   5.8 !
12th    19.7   80.1   64.5   20.1   9.2   6.2 !
                           
Household income                           
Less than $7,500    10.0   90.0   65.7       #  
$7,500–14,999    9.3   89.7   61.8   23.1      
$15,000–24,999    9.6   90.4   69.9   18.4   10.4 !  
$25,000–34,999    9.7   90.1   60.8   17.8 ! 9.4 ! 12.0 !
$35,000–49,999    8.2   91.3   70.6   17.5   5.7 ! 6.2 !
$50,000 or more    7.9   92.0   66.0   17.7   12.0   4.2 !
                           
Urbanicity2                           
Urban    10.7   89.1   65.9   15.0   12.9   6.2  
Suburban    7.7   92.1   64.1   20.8   9.5   5.6  
Rural    7.7   92.1   72.9   18.1 ! 8.1 !  
                           
Self-report of grades at school3                           
Mostly A's    5.4   94.5   72.6   19.4   6.7    
Mostly B's    7.6   92.3   70.8   15.7   8.8   4.7 !
Mostly C's    12.9   86.8   61.7   20.5   14.6   3.3 !
Mostly D's    22.2   76.6   61.4   17.8 !   14.8 !
Mostly F's    31.6   68.4   28.0 ! 18.8 ! 27.7 ! 25.5 !
                           
Student report of violent 
victimization at school4 
                         
Yes   20.4   78.1   48.1   19.1 ! 28.5 !  
No   8.4   91.4   66.8   18.3   9.8   5.1  
                           
Student report of theft 
victimization at school4
                         
Yes   15.1   84.4   52.3   28.8   12.6 !  
No   8.3   91.5   67.2   17.5   10.3   5.0  
                           
Sector                           
Public    8.8   91.0   65.4   19.1   10.3   5.1  
Private    5.6   94.4   77.8        
   
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 "Other, non-Hispanic" includes Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians (including Alaska Natives). Beginning in 2003, students were given the option of identifying themselves as more than one race. Non-Hispanic students who identified themselves as more than one race in 2003 (1 percent of all respondents) were included in the "other, non-Hispanic" category. Respondents who identified themselves as being of Hispanic origin were classified as Hispanic, regardless of their race.
2 Urbanicity refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent's household as defined in 1990 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
3 Students who responded that their schools did not give grades or there was no alphabetical equivalent are not reported.
4 Victimization data are taken from the National Crime Victimization Survey Incident Report.
NOTE: "Violent" victimization includes serious violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assault. Population size for students ages 12-18 was 25,684,000 in 2003. Detail may not sum to 100 percent because of "don't know" responses or rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 2003.


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