The 2011-12 school year in Central Texas was a difficult one for Hays Consolidated Independent School District. Five school principals changed locations, and Assistant Superintendant Carolyn Hitt wanted to know if the change in leadership affected absenteeism within those five locations differently than in the other schools where principals remained constant. Ms. Hitt asked the eSchool Solutions Analytics Consulting Team to conduct an in-depth analysis on the teacher absence management data recorded in SmartFind Express to determine if the number of absences corresponded with leadership change.
The time frame analyzed included the remaining months an outgoing principal was on campus until a few months after a new principal was installed. Their findings showed no drastic fluctuations in the absentee rate. Two schools did note changes on teacher absenteeism, however. These changes differed from each other and, as such, are considered outliers. The first dissimilarity was an increase of personal leave days for teachers despite a decrease in total number of absences as one school’s principal exited. The second school noted a 39% increase in employee absences when a new principal was instituted with most of these absences noted as “sick leave.”
Ms. Hitt was “pleasantly surprised” with eSchool’s teacher absence management results. She stated she believed the principals “…continued to manage absenteeism effectively–even though they’d learned they would be leaving their school for another assignment.” Ms. Hitt went on to say that the findings indicated new principals were able to maintain the same level of absenteeism as their predecessors while learning their new schools’ systems and procedures. In her opinion, this overturned the assumption that new leadership escalated teacher absenteeism.
Contact eSchool Systems when your district wants to determine what factors may be causing excess absenteeism, or to ascertain what one of the schools in your district is doing to curb teacher absenteeism. Our Analytics Consulting Team is ready to provide you with comprehensive teacher absence management programs and answer your most pressing questions.