The Latest Insights into Employee Absence Data
The 3rd annual report from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute is now available, featuring insights around employee absences, substitute placement and hiring data in K-12 over the past three years. In addition, it’s the Institute’s first annual report to delve into data around employee absences by district locale and size.
Let’s explore three of the key statistics on employee absences and substitute management activity uncovered in this report.
Fewer Employee Absences Requiring a Substitute
The average number of absences taken by employees requiring a substitute has declined to just under eleven days per year — a six percent decrease from the 2015-16 school year. In contrast, the average number of absences taken by employees that do not require a substitute rose by six percent over the same timeframe.
Lower Fill Rates
With teachers out of the classroom less frequently, and therefore requiring substitutes less often, one might expect to see fill rates rise. However, fill rates have in fact decreased slightly over the past three years — perhaps due to higher percentages of non-working substitutes.
Lost Instructional Time
Lower fill rates across the country opens the potential for lost instructional time. Assuming an average of sixty students per teacher, considering the difference between elementary and secondary teachers, this data suggests a nationwide loss of approximately 850 million instructional days due to unfilled classrooms during the 2017-18 school year alone.
The average fill rate suggests an estimated nationwide loss of 850 million instructional days last year due to unfilled classrooms.