Teacher Absenteeism In School

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There is no doubt that schools and school districts are under a lot of stress to remain off of school improvement. With the enactment of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and various state initiatives, school districts across the nation feel as though they are under the gun to meet AMO, increase test scores, promote student engagement, make sure that students are college or career ready, etc. The pressure is high, and schools feel as though they are under fire not only by government, but the community and education circles, as well. School districts are constantly looking ways to improve student achievement, boost test scores and ensure that, when students graduate, they are college or career ready. The graduate courses that I have taken throughout…show more content…
Research has shown that teacher absences in a classroom can lead to poor test scores among student and a decrease in student achievement overall. One of the assignments for this class required me to examine the absentee policy that is in place within my district, interview stakeholders including parents and administrators and then create a summary of findings and make suggestions on improving teacher absences within my district. This project allowed me to see firsthand just how costly teacher absences are to a district not only monetarily but academically, as well. The literature I reviewed clearly stated that teachers are the most important determinant of student success and that absenteeism plays a role in the success of students overall. Thus, teacher absenteeism plays a major role in the success of a school and the overall student…show more content…
There are always areas of improvement outside of test scores that can help improve a school district overall. Even if your school is in the top of its class, there is always ways to improve and make student learning better. My internship activities and coursework provided me with several opportunities to research, analyze and examine school reform in its many shapes and forms. Every district faces curriculum challenges, school climate, diversity issues, etc. every day. If school districts truly focus on what is best for their schools, not just the current trend, then school improvement can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding things, a school district can take on. It takes total commitment and buy-in by the teachers, administrators, parents and students in order to see true change. As a future district administrator, the job of implementing reform will be one of complexity, but if handled in a well organized and meaningful way, then all stakeholders involved will see the benefit of it and how much their hard work has paid off to make my school district one of the very
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