Well, now NCTQ is back with a numbers-packed report on teacher attendance. Lots and lots of numbers. However, there is little correlation between excellent teacher attendance and poor teacher attendance and student success. As a matter of fact, here is the range of attendance across the 40 states: 91.5% to 94.9%. If excellence is 95% (let's round it up) and poor attendance is 92%, what does the 3% gap really mean? How does it affect kids? There is a lot of discussion about how much it COSTS schools. There are a dizzying array of charts and graphs all intended to spell doom and gloom but that actually just have lots of numbers with little narrative to discuss the implications, consequences, and conclusions.
Here is the link to the full report: http://www.nctq.org/dmsView/RollCall_TeacherAttendance. It has, of course, received press, though I am not sure that the reports in the news have been at all accurate. Here is one decrying that Cleveland had the highest absentee rate (that would be about 8% annually): http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/06/cleveland_teachers_have_worst.html. US News and World Report added that absenteeism can hurt student ACHIEVEMENT: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/06/03/report-teacher-absenteeism-can-hurt-student-achievement.
It is time to throw down here. Stop waving meaningless numbers. Start talking about funding, professional development and support, and POVERTY.