Do worker absences affect productivity? The case of teachers by ProQuest

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This article studies the impact of teacher absences on education. Using data spanning three academic years about 285 teachers and 8,631 predominantly economically disadvantaged students from a United States urban school district, it tests assumptions that a substantial portion of teachers' absences is discretionary and that these absences reduce productivity - students' mathematics scores. Since absent teachers are typically replaced by less qualified substitutes, instructional intensity and consistency may decline: ten days of teacher absence reduce students' achievement score by about 3.3 per cent of a standard deviation - enough to lower some students' designation in the state proficiency system and, thus, their motivation to succeed. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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