Teacher Absence as a Leading Indicator of Student Achievement

Report Details

Author: Center for American Progress
Published: December 2012
Focus Areas: Human Capital

This November 2012 report from the Center for American Progress ranks states by the percentage of teachers absent more than 10 days during the 2009-10 school year. According to Teacher Absence as a Leading Indicator of Student Achievement: New National Data Offer Opportunity to Examine Cost of Teacher Absence Relative to Learning Loss, 36 percent of teachers nationally were absent more than 10 days, and this absence rate for traditional public school teachers is 15.2 percentage points higher than for charter school teachers. The report discusses patterns and potential drivers of absences and policy implications.