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


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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