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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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Practices

OJP Publications

Lessons Learned From Four Truancy Demonstration Sites, OJJDP-Sponsored, December 2006
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Ten-Year Follow-Up on the RCT Study of Mentoring in the Learning Environment (SMILE): Effects of the Communities in Schools Mentoring Program on Crime and Educational Persistence, OJJDP-Sponsored, 2020
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Understanding School Safety and the Use of School Resource Officers in Understudied Settings, NIJ-Sponsored, 2020
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Design and Implementation of Forensic Facial Identification Experts Test, NIJ-Sponsored, 2020
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Fostering Innovation Across the U.S. Criminal System, NIJ-Sponsored, 2020
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