Reasons for School Absence in Past Month, by Parent Education Level

Year(s): 2013-2015

ReasonDid Not Finish High SchoolHigh School DiplomaSome CollegeAt Least 4-Year Degree
Didn’t Miss Any School33.4%33.7%31.6%38.2%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)25.9%28.2%26.4%25.9%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry2.3%1.6%1.7%1.4%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep2.5%2.1%1.9%1.5%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.4%0.3%0.2%0.1%
Had to Work0.4%0.2%0.1%0.2%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.4%1.3%1.0%1.0%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.6%0.4%0.5%0.2%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.4%0.4%0.3%0.2%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.8%0.6%0.8%0.9%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School1.5%1.0%0.8%0.9%
Was Suspended0.6%0.4%0.4%0.4%
Other Reason7.4%7.4%7.1%7.3%
Two or More Reasons22.5%22.4%27.2%21.8%