Reasons for School Absence in Past Month, by Gender and Grade Level

Year(s): 2013-2015

CaliforniaPercent
FemaleMale
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School38.5%33.4%25.8%13.1%43.7%41.4%36.5%23.7%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)29.2%26.5%23.0%14.9%28.5%28.1%23.4%28.1%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry1.5%2.3%2.0%4.0%1.1%1.3%1.2%3.6%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep1.0%1.7%1.9%2.7%1.6%2.1%2.4%4.3%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.3%0.2%0.2%2.7%0.3%0.3%0.2%0.8%
Had to Work0.1%0.0%0.1%1.3%0.2%0.4%0.3%0.8%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.5%1.0%1.1%2.7%1.3%1.1%0.7%2.0%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.2%0.3%0.4%1.7%0.3%0.4%0.5%1.2%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.1%0.2%0.2%6.6%0.3%0.4%0.6%3.2%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.3%0.7%1.4%50.3%0.3%0.7%1.3%2.5%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.5%0.7%1.0%N/A0.4%1.4%1.7%0.8%
Was Suspended0.6%0.2%0.0%N/A1.2%0.4%0.3%6.1%
Other Reason8.2%7.8%6.9%N/A9.3%8.0%7.3%22.8%
Two or More Reasons17.9%25.0%35.9%N/A11.6%14.0%23.8%N/A