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A Third of Martinez Students Reported As Truant During School Year

Alhambra High truancy rate is listed at 48 percent. What should educators do to tackle this issue?

A Third of Martinez Students Reported As Truant During School Year

About a third of Martinez public school students were reported as truant at least once during the past school year, according to information released by the state superintendent's office.

The rate is slightly below the county average and slightly above the state average.

Truancy is defined as any student who misses 30 minutes or more of class time without a valid excuse at least three times in one school year.

Not surprisingly, high schools have the highest truancy rates.

The state data shows 61 percent of Vicente Martinez Continuation High students were reported as truant during the 2011-2012 school year. At the rate was 48 percent.

Las Juntas Elementary was the highest among the primary schools at 33 percent.

Below is a table from data gleaned from the state superintendent's website. You can view data on suspensions, expulsions and truancy for each individual school by clicking here.

School Enrollment Truants Truancy Rate Alhambra High 1,391 677 48.7 Briones Independent Study 136 0 0 John Muir Elementary 432 92 21.3 John Swett Elementary 422 63 14.9 Las Juntas Elementary 458 151 33 Martinez Junior High 903 265 29.3 Morello Park Elementary 557 82 14.7 Vicente Martinez Continuation 181 111 61.3 Martinez Unified Total 4,348 1,441 33.1 Contra Costa County Total 37.6 California Total 28.5

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