The Characteristics of Truancy in Mississippi

Tae M. Choo, Middle Tennessee State University

This paper examines truancy problem in Mississippi public schools. To collect demographic data of problem students, the questionnaire survey is conducted to students who are referred to school attendance officers. Information regarding referred cases is collected from school attendance officers. This study tries to find out characteristics of truancy and problem students so that the findings may provide the outline and direction of truancy prevention/ control program in Mississippi. This study also attempts to evaluate truancy problems in different geographic settings using annual report from the Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement which contains statistics of truancy cases in Mississippi counties.

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