Staffordshire has the best attendance at secondary schools in the West Midlands, with Sandwell having the worst.
New Government figures on pupil absence show the West Midlands as a whole has a better secondary school attendance rate than the national average - but also revealed wide variations across the region.
Nationally, secondary pupils missed 8.24 per cent of half-day sessions out of a total of 192 days in the academic year.
In the West Midlands, the figure was 8.21 per cent of half-days. In Staffordshire, it was only 7.41 per cent, but rose to 10.39 per cent in Sandwell.
In Birmingham, 8.04 per cent of half-day sessions were missed, a fraction above Solihull, while in Coventry - another hotspot for school absence - 9.24 per cent of half days were missed.
Ministers are particularly keen to clamp down on truants - those recorded as unauthorised absence.
Figures released last September showed a rise for the third consecutive year in truant numbers in the West Midlands to an average of 800 a day during the 2005/06 academic year.
The latest data from the Department for Education and Skills shows that nationally 1.42 per cent of half-days were lost in the last academic year due to truancy.
The West Midlands fared slightly better with 1.33 per cent lost.
Staffordshire repeated its top position with only 0.7 per cent of half-days missed due to truancy while Sand-well again came bottom with 2.49 per cent of half-days missed due to truancy.
The Government blamed a "persistent" minority of only 2.4 per cent of pupils for making up more than half of all unauthorised absence in secondary schools.
Schools minister Jim Knight said: "The figures that emerge from this show that we are dealing with a small minority of persistent absentees who account for most absence.
"It makes sense to clamp down on these as an absolute priority." He said efforts already under way were bringing results, with a 27 per cent cut in truancy at 200 schools which had been targeted for their absence records.
But he added parents must do more to stop their children bunking off.
"Parents have a critical role to play in this process though. We know from truancy sweeps that around half of all children caught out of school with no good reason are found with an adult.
"That's why we have given schools and local authorities the powers they need to make sure parents take responsibility for their child's attendance.
"We want parents working with schools, not against them."
The DfES is paying for more than 400 schools with high levels of persistent absence to use a new text message alert system to combat truancy.
The system, which officials said had proved effective and popular, links to a school's electronic register and automatically texts parents and pupils when they do not turn up to class.
Shadow Schools Minister Nick Gibb said truancy was proving a serious problem.
"The billions the Government has spent on various anti-truancy initiatives has clearly failed," he said.
"The focus of the Government must be on behaviour and discipline in our schools, so they are safe and secure places where learning and academic rigour can prevail.
"We also need to ensure that children are engaged with their learning."