Published Online: November 13, 2012
Published in Print: November 14, 2012, as Teacher Absences

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Teacher Absences

"Teacher Absence as a Leading Indicator of Student Achievement"

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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 reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader 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

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