If you were ever in doubt as to how SmartFind Express could help your school district, read this example of how eSchool Solutions Analytics Consulting Team was able to run a thorough diagnostic report for Hays Consolidated Independent School District in Central Texas to determine myriad absenteeism discrepancies within its campuses.
Overall, eSchool’s SmartFind Express report for Hays pointed out that the district spent over $1 million due to teacher absenteeism. Looking deeper, the team discovered that while the district noted an 11% decrease in absenteeism, seven schools showed an increase. More startling was the fact that student absentee rates were below those of their teachers. Individually, two schools noted a drastic increase in the number of Friday planning periods, and one location’s personal absence days, where 60% of the total were taken on Fridays.
Working with the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, the consulting team from eSchool revised the district’s current plan to improve absentee statistics, both at individual locations and district-wide. As Assistant Superintendent Carolyn Hitt reports, “We just didn’t have the time, resources, or the expertise to conduct the analysis.” With SmartFind Express’ database and eSchool’s team of experts, the report’s findings allowed Ms. Hitt to meet with principals from every school in her district, explain the results, and develop objectives for each school.
Studies have shown that an increase of teacher absences creates a dramatic drop in student test scores. Therefore, money lost is not the only issue when discussing absentee rates with your school district because students attain greater knowledge when their teachers are absent less frequently. These two strong factors prove the extraordinary necessity of excellent teachers and substitutes. Help your students reach their potential by utilizing the available database of eSchool’s SmartFind Express.