About one in six teachers in some of the country's largest public school districts are out of the classroom at least 18 days, or more than 10 percent of the time, for illness, personal reasons and professional development, according to a report out Tuesday that urges districts to make teacher attendance a higher priority.I hate being out of my class. Preparing for, and recovering from, a day of absence is much more work than actually being there for the day!
Even teachers in line with the average of 11 days out may be hurting their students' progress, the National Council on Teacher Quality said.
"Given the time and attention spent on school programs, new curriculum and strategies to strengthen teacher quality," the report's authors wrote, "we may be overlooking one of the most basic, solvable and cost effective reasons why schools may fail to make education progress."
The Washington-based think tank examined data provided by 40 large school districts for the 2012-13 school year and found that, on average, teachers were in the classroom 94 percent of the 186-day school year. About 71 percent of the time taken was because of illness or personal leave, with the rest for school business...
The report also found no measurable relationship between teacher absence and the poverty levels of a school's students, nor any difference in absentee rates among districts with policies meant to encourage attendance, such as paying teachers for unused sick time, and districts without those incentives.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Except for when I got hurt skiing a few years ago, when I missed the last 7 weeks of school, I miss about 3 days of school per year. Others aren't that diligent: