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Why repeated grade: Frequently absent

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For sample children ages 5-17 who have ever repeated a grade, GRADREPABSNT reports if the reason the sample child repeated a grade is because she/he was frequently absent.

GRADREPABSNT is part of the Child Health supplement, first released in 1981. This supplement includes a number of questions on child's schooling. For more information and related variables, please see GOSCHOOLEV, or use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


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  • 1988: Sample persons age 5-17 who have ever attended school, and who are not in school or are on vacation from school or are in/will be in first grade through college senior or in ungraded school (or for whom it was unknown if they were in school or their grade), and who ever repeated a grade.


  • 1988