Make Everyday Count!

KEY TERMS

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE (ADA)

ADA IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS OF SCHOOL A STUDENT ATTENDS DIVIDED BY THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DAYS OF INSTRUCTION. A STUDENT ATTENDING EVERY DAY WOULD EQUAL ONE ADA. ADA IS TYPICALLY CALCULATED AT THE SCHOOL-, RATHER THAN STUDENT-LEVEL.


TRUANCY

IN CALIFORNIA, A STUDENT IS TRUANT IF HE/SHE IS ABSENT OR TARDY BY MORE THAN 30 MINUTES WITHOUT A VALID EXCUSE ON 3 OCCASIONS IN A SCHOOL YEAR.


HABITUAL TRUANCY

A STUDENT IS HABITUALLY TRUANT IF HE/SHE IS ABSENT WITHOUT A VALID EXCUSE FOR 5 DAYS DURING A SCHOOL YEAR.


CHRONIC TRUANCY

A STUDENT IS CHRONICALLY TRUANT IF HE/SHE IS ABSENT WITHOUT A VALID EXCUSE FOR AT LEAST 10% OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.


CHRONIC ABSENCE

IN CALIFORNIA, CHRONIC ABSENCE IS DEFINED AS BEING ABSENT FOR ANY REASON (EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED) FOR AT LEAST 10% OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. THUS, IN A 175- OR 180-DAY SCHOOL YEAR, A STUDENT WHO MISSES 18 DAYS OF SCHOOL OR MORE IS CHRONICALLY ABSENT.