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Teacher absence as a leading indicator of student achievement

from Center for American Progress

On any given school day, up to 40 percent of teachers in New Jersey's Camden City Public Schools are absent from their classrooms. Such a high figure probably would not stand out in parts of the developing world, but it contrasts sharply with the 3 percent national rate of absence for full-time wage and salaried American workers, and the 5.3 percent rate of absence for American teachers overall. Certainly, it isn't unreasonable for Camden residents to expect lower rates of teacher absence, particularly when the district annually spends top dollar — more than $22,000 per pupil — to educate its students. And advocates for students of color, who constitute 99.5 percent of the district's enrollment, could potentially use these new data from the Department of Education to support a civil rights complaint. more


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