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Truancy

In Illinois, boys accumulated more truancies than girls. In the 2007 school year, girls in grades K-12 had 163,938 truancies, compared to 176,179 truancies by boys, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. During the 2007 academic year, girls in grades K-12 had a truancy rate of 16,462 truancies per 100,000 girls, compared to a truancy rate of 16,824 for boys (Figure 9). From the 2002 to 2007 school year, truancies of girls increased 43 percent.

Figure 9
Rate of school truancies in Illinois by gender, academic years 2002 to 2007

Line Chart: 2 Lines (Boys & Girls) Truancy by Academic Year

Academic Year
01-02 02-03 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07
Boys ~12,250 ~11,900 ~14,300 ~14,350 ~15,750 ~16,750
Girls ~11,750 ~11,250 ~13,800 ~13,900 ~14,750 ~16,250

Source: Illinois State Board of Education


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