Across OECD countries, 18% of students skipped classes at least once in the two weeks
prior to the PISA test, and 15% of students skipped a day of school or more over
the same period.
Few students in high-performing school systems skip classes or days of school.
For students in OECD countries, skipping classes is associated with a 32-point lower
score in mathematics, while skipping days of school is associated with a 52-point
Truancy is observed among all students, whether advantaged or disadvantaged.
Results from PISA 2012 show that playing truant is negatively
associated with student performance. Results also show that students are less
likely to play truant when they are engaged with school. Parents and teachers
can nurture students’ engagement with and at school by holding high expectations
for their children/students and by being more engaged, themselves, in their