Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Larry Janes


The purpose of this study was to determine if the Clay-Jasper-Richland Truants Alternative Program had reduced truancy and chronic truancy in the region during the 1984-85 school year and to identify possibly needed modifications in the Truants Alternative Program.

A review of the research and literature revealed that truancy is a complex problem that may require the treatment of the student, school environment, and general environment. Only after a careful evaluation of a student's situation can a plan be formulated for remediating the truancy problem.

Statistics were obtained on the numbers of truants, chronic truants, and student population in each public school district in the region for the 1983-84 and 1984-85 school years. Comparison of statistics for the two years showed there was a large decrease in chronic truancy and a slight increase in truancy in the region during the 1984-85 school year.

Through an interview of the Assistant Regional Superintendent, descriptive information provided by Truants Alternative Program teachers, and responses to questionnaires from principals and teachers, it was found that modifications were indicated mainly in the areas of remediation and inservice.

Finally, it was recommended that the Truants Alternative Program provide more inservice, a comprehensive plan for remediation, and an alternative school setting for drop-outs and students needing extensive modifications in their educational plan.