Research connects test scores to teacher absences

Teacher absences represent a cost for districts, which must hire substitutes, but students may pay a price as well in the form of diminished performance on exams, new research suggests. "What we are finding is what common sense would expect: that the more teachers are out before the test, the less well students perform," said Raegen T. Miller, the lead author of a paper produced by a team of Harvard University education researchers.

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