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AH-5.6 Data Details

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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.

Data Source: 
National Health Interview Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
5.0 (2008)
Target-Setting Method: 
Minimal statistical significance
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
The target is the smallest improvement that results in a statistically significant difference when tested against the baseline value, assuming the same standard error for the target as the baseline.

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

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
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: 
Methodology Notes: 

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

Trend Issues: 
Beginning with 2018, the American Community Survey questions are no longer available in the NHIS. As a result, tabulated data by disability are discontinued after 2017.

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. In 2015 the target was revised to 3.6% using the minimal statistical significance target setting method.