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AH-5.6 Data Details

AH-5.6 Decrease school absenteeism among adolescents due to illness or injury

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
5.0 (2008)
To be determined
Number of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who missed 11 or more whole school days during the preceding 12 months because of illness or injury
Number of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who attended school during the preceding 12 months
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey:


DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS, that is, since {fill1:12-month ref. date}, about how many days did {fill2: S.C. name} miss school because of illness or injury?

  1. None
  2. 1 - 240 days
  3. Did not go to school
  4. Refused
  5. Not ascertained
  6. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
Methodology Notes

Children who did not go to school in the past 12 months are excluded from the measure.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

In 2012, the baseline for this measure was revised from 14.6% to 5.0% due to a programming error that excluded students who missed 1 to 10 days of school from the denominator. The original target was changed from 13.1% to TBD until a new target can be set based on the target setting guidance for Healthy People 2020.