School districts and the state would be required to do a better job of tracking students who miss class under proposed legislation designed to lower California's dropout rate.

The package of bills announced today would write into law recommendations from a report released by Attorney General Kamala Harris in September.

The report says 30 percent of elementary students missed school during the 2012-13 school year, costing their districts a combined $1.4 billion in attendance-based funding.

The law defines truancy as being absent or arriving more than 30 minutes late without a valid excuse three times in a school year.