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Oklahoma Watch: Oklahoma City teachers hit national average as far as absenteeism

Oklahoma Watch: Oklahoma City teacher absences same as national average
BY NATE ROBSON, Oklahoma Watch Modified: June 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm •  Published: June 8, 2014
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Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers missed an average of 11 days of class in 2012-13, matching the national average, according to a national report on teacher absenteeism released recently.

The National Council on Teacher Quality looked at teacher absenteeism rates in the largest district in each of the 40 biggest metropolitan areas. The organization advocates for reforms that would improve teacher quality.

Results found that teachers in those 40 areas missed an average of 11 days of class in 2012-13, although the rates varied widely by district.

Oklahoma City’s 2,286 teachers fell right at the national average, while Indianapolis’ 2,041 teachers were absent an average of six days.

The 2,896 teachers in Cleveland missed the most time, with an average of 16 days absent.

The report also looked at chronic absenteeism.

Chronic absenteeism hurts

NCTQ says chronic teacher absenteeism, or teachers missing more than 18 days, can negatively impact students since their teachers are missing about 10 percent of the school year.

The council found about 16 percent of teachers missed 18 or more days of classes nationally. In Oklahoma, that rate was slightly higher, at nearly 18 percent.

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