NC Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission meets this week and they’ll hear a report about chronically absent teachers.
For the purpose of the research, teachers in North Carolina who used 10 or more non-consecutive sick days in an academic year as “chronically absent”. that seems fair, since those of us who suddenly get sick for a week or so are not counted.
Guess what? 22.6% of all teachers met this definition in 2016-2017. That’s 22,121 teachers.
That’s kind of a lot.
It’s hard to see, but the greatest number of chronically absent teachers is in schools which earned poor grades overall. Schools where chronic absenteeism is rare are scoring better.
So are the schools failing because teachers are calling out? Or are teachers calling out because they work at a failing school?