Truancy is defined as any student having either 5 unexcused tardies or 5 unexcused absences within a school semester, per R.S. 17:233 (e.g. 3 absences and 2 tardies should not flag a student as being truant).
Student Truancy data show the count and percent by school, district, and state for grades K-12. Truancy data for the 2010-2011 school year and following, was based on a school semester with school semesters defined as the school year split into 2 equal parts or semesters. For the 2008-2009 school year and following, a month may also consist of 30 consecutive days at the LEA’s discretion. For the 2004-2005 school year and following, a month may consist of either a calendar month or 4 consecutive weeks at the LEA’s discretion.