"Teacher Absence as a Leading Indicator of Student Achievement"
Thirty-six percent of teachers nationwide missed more than 10 days of school during the 2009-10 year, according to an analysis of federal data by the Washington-based Center for American Progress.
The report estimates that teacher absences cost schools "a minimum of $4 billion annually" and cites research linking teacher absences to lower student achievement.
Noting that teacher-absentee rates tend to be greater in schools with high percentages of minority students, the report adds that "it's plausible that [racial] achievement gaps can be attributed, in part, to a teacher attendance gap."
Vol. 32, Issue 12, Page 5