Indianapolis Public Schools ranks No. 1 in national study on teacher attendance

INDIANAPOLIS - Indy teachers are breaking the curve when it comes to national numbers on showing up for work.

A new study shows a disproportionate number of teachers aren’t showing up for their jobs.

The National Council on Teacher Quality looks at 40 large school districts across the country for the study.

While overall, numbers are down on teachers showing up, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) ranks highest among the 40 school districts when it comes to attendance.

On average, IPS teachers take 6.1 days off per year. The national average is 11 sick or personal days.

In Cleveland, whose public schools ranked the lowest, teachers take an average of 15.6 days off -- nearly 10 more per year than the average Indianapolis teacher.

On top of that, this teacher roll-call study is finding IPS had the highest number of teachers who are rarely ever out of the classroom.

More than 36 percent of IPS teachers take 3 or fewer sick days a year. That number starkly contrasts with Columbus, Ohio, or San Antonio, where it’s just 3 to 4 percent of teachers with that same attendance rate.

High attendance rates for teachers are obviously beneficial for many reasons - one of the less obvious being that it saves districts money on substitute teachers.

It also means children have a consistent educator they can rely on, which separate studies have found can contribute to a child’s overall success in school.

Other city school districts that had the lowest number of teacher absences include: District of Columbia, with an average of 7.3 days per year; Louisville, Ky., with 8.1 days per year; Milwaukee, 8.3 days; and Tampa, Fla., 8.6 days.

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