Reasons for School Absence in Past Month, by Grade Level

Year(s): 2013-2015

Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School41.0%37.2%30.9%20.1%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)28.9%27.2%23.2%23.5%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry1.3%1.8%1.6%3.7%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep1.3%1.9%2.2%3.7%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.3%0.3%0.2%0.5%
Had to Work0.1%0.2%0.2%0.5%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.4%1.1%0.9%2.2%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.3%0.4%0.4%1.2%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.2%0.3%0.4%2.0%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.3%0.7%1.3%2.5%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.5%1.0%1.3%1.1%
Was Suspended0.9%0.3%0.2%6.2%
Other Reason8.7%7.9%7.1%32.7%
Two or More Reasons14.9%19.6%30.1%N/A