ERIC Number: ED343199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Absences: Are There Implications for Educational Restructuring?
Madden, H. D.; And Others
The issue of teacher absenteeism has become an increasingly important topic in educational policy, as teachers have gained generous sick day and personal leave benefits. The financial cost of teacher absenteeism is also problematic. In one national survey, the combined costs of absent teachers and substitutes came to $2 billion yearly. The literature reviewed for this study was limited to reasons for teacher absences, financial cost, suggestions for reducing absences, and effects of absences on student achievement. Additionally, the correlation between teacher attendance and student achievement was explored by analyzing data (teacher attendance and school incentive award winner status) from the 191 secondary schools in South Carolina for 3 school years, using an unpaired t-test and chi-square. A significant correlation at the .05 level of certainty was found in only one year (1987-88) for the data. The statistical result at this level of certainty was that secondary schools receiving an incentive award over the past 3 years cannot directly attribute their awards to higher rates of teacher attendance. Although the hypothesis was not verified, the data did list a higher teacher attendance rate for winning schools than for losing ones. Data tables are included. (11 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 13-15, 1991).