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June 4, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Average teacher misses 6 percent of school year

A new national report on teacher attendance concludes that, on average, teachers show up for 94 percent of the school year.

In Seattle, one of 40 large districts included in the report, teachers show up at a slightly higher rate  — 95 percent of the time.

That may seem like a good attendance rate, and the report’s author, the National Council on Teacher Quality, doesn’t dispute that. But the group says there is a problem hiding in those averages — that 16 percent of teachers are absent 18 days a year or more.

In Seattle, about 13 percent of teachers fell into the chronically absent category in 2012-13, the group said.

Screen shot from the National Council on Teacher Quality report

Screen shot from the National Council on Teacher Quality report

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