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Digest of Education Statistics: 2004
Digest of Education Statistics: 2004

NCES 2006-005
October 2005


Table 141. Tenth-graders' attendance patterns, by selected student and school characteristics: 1990 and 2002

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                            |            |           Sex           |                         Race/ethnicity                          |        Socioeconomic status\1\       |      Control of school attended
Attendance pattern          |        All |_________________________|_________________________________________________________________|______________________________________|______________________________________
                            |       stu- |           |             | White, non-| Black, non-|    Hispanic|      Asian/|     American|            |            |            |            |            |      Other
                            |      dents |      Male |      Female |    Hispanic|    Hispanic|            |     Pacific|      Indian/|        Low |     Middle |       High |     Public |    Catholic|     private
                            |            |           |             |            |            |            |    Islander|Alaska Native|            |            |            |            |            |
____________________________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|____________|____________|____________|_____________|____________|____________|____________|____________|____________|____________
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       |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
   first half of            |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
   current school year      |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
  None .....................|13.2  (0.54)|16.0 (0.95)| 10.4  (0.54)|12.5  (0.55)|20.2  (2.92)| 8.8  (0.99)|26.1  (2.93)| 4.5   (1.82)|12.2  (1.02)|13.7  (0.82)|13.0  (0.99)|13.0  (0.59)|19.4  (2.02)|10.8  (1.89)
  1 or 2 days ..............|23.0  (0.83)|25.2 (1.45)| 20.9  (0.78)|22.2  (0.62)|30.1  (5.01)|20.9  (2.35)|26.2  (3.17)|19.6   (6.52)|17.9  (1.16)|24.2  (1.50)|24.5  (1.23)|22.8  (0.91)|28.1  (2.54)|22.3  (2.53)
  3 or 4 days ..............|26.1  (0.66)|25.4 (0.99)| 26.8  (0.86)|27.3  (0.70)|20.7  (2.42)|23.2  (1.95)|26.6  (3.23)|28.6   (9.68)|22.5  (1.25)|26.6  (0.98)|27.3  (1.20)|26.1  (0.71)|25.5  (2.25)|25.8  (2.78)
  5 or more days ...........|37.7  (0.83)|33.5 (1.25)| 42.0  (1.04)|38.0  (0.85)|29.0  (3.24)|47.2  (2.71)|21.2  (2.87)|47.3   (8.25)|47.3  (1.77)|35.4  (1.21)|35.2  (1.40)|38.1  (0.90)|27.0  (2.32)|41.0  (3.13)
                            |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
Number of times late        |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
   first half of            |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
   current school year      |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
  None .....................|18.8  (0.58)|17.4 (0.87)| 20.3  (0.75)|20.6  (0.65)|11.0  (1.79)|14.8  (1.59)|16.7  (2.16)|26.3   (7.52)|19.5  (1.23)|19.5  (0.86)|17.8  (1.00)|19.2  (0.63)|18.6  (1.91)|15.2  (2.33)
  1 or 2 days ..............|33.4  (0.91)|32.3 (1.55)| 34.4  (0.95)|33.5  (0.77)|36.7  (5.50)|29.2  (2.44)|35.6  (3.19)|26.2   (5.82)|31.7  (1.47)|35.3  (1.55)|31.9  (1.34)|33.1  (1.00)|33.9  (2.64)|35.9  (3.27)
  3 or more days ...........|47.8  (0.87)|50.3 (1.44)| 45.3  (0.99)|45.9  (0.83)|52.3  (4.88)|56.0  (2.62)|47.7  (3.47)|47.5   (8.00)|48.9  (1.89)|45.2  (1.31)|50.3  (1.40)|47.7  (0.94)|47.5  (2.66)|48.9  (3.32)
                            |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
Cut classes                 |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
  Less than 3 times ........|75.4  (0.71)|73.1 (1.16)| 77.7  (0.83)|76.3  (0.72)|77.1  (3.37)|68.6  (2.31)|69.9  (3.42)|82.4   (4.39)|73.2  (2.06)|77.1  (0.91)|74.4  (1.20)|74.5  (0.79)|84.4  (1.88)|78.3  (2.27)
  3 to 6 times .............|12.4  (0.50)|12.9 (0.72)| 11.8  (0.69)|11.9  (0.49)|11.2  (2.30)|15.5  (1.81)|16.8  (2.92)|12.3   (3.66)|13.5  (1.34)|11.9  (0.67)|12.3  (0.84)|12.7  (0.55)|10.3  (1.60)|10.5  (1.53)
  More than 6 times ........|24.6  (0.71)|26.9 (1.16)| 22.3  (0.83)|23.7  (0.72)|22.9  (3.37)|31.4  (2.31)|30.1  (3.42)|17.6    (4.4)|26.8   (2.1)|22.9  (0.91)|25.6  (1.20)|25.5  (0.79)|15.6  (1.88)|21.7  (2.27)
                            |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
Percentage of 10th-graders  |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
   in 2002                  |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
Number of days missed       |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
   first half of            |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
   current school year      |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
  None .....................|14.3  (0.34)|16.1 (0.51)| 12.5  (0.46)|13.1  (0.39)|16.5  (0.96)|14.4  (1.16)|28.3  (1.59)|12.1   (3.18)|13.5  (0.67)|13.9  (0.48)|16.0  (0.71)|14.0  (0.37)|16.1  (0.94)|19.2  (1.32)
  1 or 2 days ..............|35.4  (0.47)|36.1 (0.68)| 34.8  (0.66)|35.3  (0.56)|38.4  (1.26)|32.8  (1.56)|35.7  (1.65)|25.0   (3.60)|32.8  (0.93)|35.3  (0.67)|38.2  (0.96)|35.0  (0.51)|41.0  (1.25)|39.8  (1.62)
  3 to 6 days ..............|33.0  (0.47)|31.9 (0.67)| 34.3  (0.67)|34.0  (0.56)|30.7  (1.20)|32.5  (1.56)|24.3  (1.50)|35.5   (3.93)|33.1  (0.93)|32.7  (0.67)|33.8  (0.95)|33.2  (0.50)|33.1  (1.20)|29.9  (1.50)
  7 or more days ...........|17.2  (0.38)|16.0 (0.53)| 18.5  (0.55)|17.6  (0.46)|14.3  (0.92)|20.3  (1.35)|11.7  (1.23)|27.4   (3.50)|20.6  (0.81)|18.1  (0.56)|12.0  (0.67)|17.8  (0.41)| 9.8  (0.75)|11.1  (1.08)
                            |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
Number of times late        |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
   first half of            |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
   current school year      |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
  None .....................|26.0  (0.42)|26.0 (0.60)| 26.0  (0.59)|28.4  (0.52)|17.4  (0.96)|21.2  (1.34)|27.4  (1.42)|19.8   (3.33)|24.6  (0.83)|25.8  (0.60)|28.1  (0.87)|25.7  (0.45)|33.3  (1.16)|25.1  (1.44)
  1 or 2 days ..............|37.4  (0.48)|36.5 (0.68)| 38.4  (0.68)|38.0  (0.57)|36.5  (1.21)|35.0  (1.57)|36.2  (1.75)|35.8   (3.83)|36.9  (0.94)|36.7  (0.68)|39.4  (0.95)|37.3  (0.51)|40.4  (1.25)|38.3  (1.61)
  3 or more days ...........|36.5  (0.47)|37.4 (0.67)| 35.6  (0.66)|33.6  (0.55)|46.1  (1.24)|43.8  (1.63)|36.4  (1.66)|44.4   (4.14)|38.5  (0.95)|37.5  (0.67)|32.5  (0.92)|37.0  (0.51)|26.3  (1.10)|36.7  (1.57)
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Cut classes                 |            |           |             |            |            |            |            |             |            |            |            |            |            |
  Never or almost never ....|87.1  (0.34)|86.9 (0.49)| 87.2  (0.47)|88.2  (0.39)|84.8  (0.92)|80.8  (1.31)|86.4  (1.16)|92.6   (1.75)|83.7  (0.72)|86.7  (0.49)|91.2  (0.59)|86.3  (0.37)|97.1  (0.41)|94.4  (0.72)
  At least sometimes .......| 6.8  (0.26)| 6.8 (0.37)|  6.9  (0.36)| 6.1  (0.30)| 9.0  (0.77)| 8.9  (0.95)| 8.2  (1.02)| 4.7   (1.05)| 7.9  (0.53)| 7.1  (0.38)| 5.2  (0.47)| 7.2  (0.28)| 1.8  (0.32)| 3.9  (0.63)
  More than 6 times ........| 6.1  (0.25)| 6.3 (0.36)|  5.9  (0.35)| 5.7  (0.29)| 6.2  (0.63)|10.3  (1.08)| 5.3  (0.69)| 2.7   (1.39)| 8.4  (0.57)| 6.2  (0.36)| 3.7  (0.40)| 6.5  (0.27)| 1.0  (0.25)| 1.7  (0.37)
____________________________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|____________|____________|____________|_____________|____________|____________|____________|____________|____________|___________

\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 quartile; the "middle" SES group is the middle two quartiles; and the "high" SES group is the upper quartile.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, The National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88/90), "First Follow-up Student Survey, 1990;" and Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, Base Year (ELS:02). (This table was prepared May 2005.)