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Truancy Programs at a Glance
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Truancy Practice Outcomes at a Glance
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Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) / Randomized Field Experiment

Refers to an experimental research design in which participants are randomly assigned to a treatment or a control group. Most social scientists consider random assignment to lead to the highest level of confidence that observed effects are the result of the program and not other variables.

Schools

Truancy

Habitual truancy can be defined as unexcused absences from school by a minor that exceed the number of such absences allowed under state law. Each state has its own school attendance laws, which specify:

  • The age at which a child must begin school
  • The age at which a youth can legally drop out of school
  • The number of unexcused absences that constitute truancy under the law 

The costs of truancy are high. Truancy has been clearly identified as one of the early warning signs that youths potentially are headed for delinquent activity, social isolation, or educational failure.

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OJP Publications

Lessons Learned From Four Truancy Demonstration Sites, OJJDP-Sponsored, December 2006
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Decision Making in Sexual Assault Cases: Replication Research on Sexual Violence Case Attrition in the U.S., NIJ-Sponsored, 2019
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Success Story: Advancing 3D Virtual Microscopy for Firearm Forensics, NIJ-Sponsored, March 2019
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Impact of Criminal Record Sealing on State and National Estimates of Offenders and Their Offending Careers, BJS-Sponsored, February 2019
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National Crime Victimization Survey Historical Trends Project, 1973-2014, BJS-Sponsored, February 2019
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