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NCJ Number: NCJ 242308     Find in a Library
Title: Assessing School Attendance Problems and Truancy Intervention in Maryland: A Synthesis of Evidence From Baltimore City and the Lower Eastern Shore
Corporate Author: Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts
Management Analysis and Research
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2011
Page Count: 111
Sponsoring Agency: State Justice Institute
United States of America
Grant Number: SJI-08-N-086
Sale Source: State Justice Institute
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Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Document: PDF 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study documents truancy levels in school districts across Maryland and the relationship; of truancy levels to other variables, with a focus on Baltimore City and the Lower Eastern Shore.
Abstract: Statewide, 2.25 percent of students (approximately 20,000 students) were identified as habitually truant during the 2009-2010 school year, as measured by being absent without a valid excuse for more than 20 percent of school days. Among the jurisdictions that are the focus of this report, the counties on the Lower Eastern Shore had habitual truancy rates that ranged from 0.29 percent to 1.49 percent; whereas Baltimore City had a habitual truancy rate of 8.00 percent. Although the overall truancy rates for counties on the Lower Eastern Shore were relatively low, in three of the four counties, truancy rates in individual schools exceeded the State average. With a few exceptions, Baltimore City and the counties on the Lower Eastern Shore ranked among the highest in the State in those variables for which positive correlations with truancy were found. Knowledgeable informants including parents, school officials, legal officials, and service providers identified the following factors as contributors to truancy in the five study jurisdictions: the impact of poverty, value placed on education, individual needs of children, inadequate monitoring, transportation challenges, safety, and family difficulties. Although respondents acknowledged the need to hold parents accountable, they generally favored non-punitive solutions to truancy that address the needs of families. The “Dropout Prevention Resource Guide” published by the Maryland State Department of Education identifies 265 initiatives in Maryland schools that address issues that can impact school attendance. Some of these recommendations are included in the current study. 25 tables and 26 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Truancy ; School dropouts ; School maladjustment ; Maryland ; Truancy Prevention
   
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