As we approach the end of the school year, absences continue to rise. While this increase is expected, a number of other interesting trends showed up in the analysis of the last four months of absence data.
For example, do you know how many more absences there were in April than in March? Do you know which employees took those absences? And what effect did this increase have on district fill rates?
With a customer base of over 7,500 educational organizations, we’ve set out to provide real insights around some of these key areas. In fact, this data is so comprehensive, that the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University has declared it to be representative of national trends. Check back each month to see nationwide trends you can compare to your own district! 

April 2016 STATISTICS 

This month’s report is based on data from more than 4,800 educational organizations and 2.7 million employees in Frontline’s Aesop absence and substitute management system.


Absences Lead Time

This month we’re introducing a new finding: absence lead time and how it relates to fill rates.

Absences entered with one or less days of lead time saw fill rates at or beneath 74%, while absence entered with more than three days of lead time saw fill rates of more than 90%.


Average Absences Per Employee

From January to April, absences increased from an average of 1.58 to 1.64 absences per employee.


Absences & Fill Rates by Day of the Week

Fill rates improved for the first time since January, averaging 85% this month. The lowest fill rate days this month? Mondays and Fridays.


Absences by Reason

Absences due to illness declined 6% since January, but absences marked as “Personal” increased 3% from March.


Average Days Worked Per Substitute 

The average number of days each substitute works has continued to rise since January, with substitutes working an average of 7.3 days in April.



Get the Full Report

In this report, you’ll also learn:

  • Which day of the week had the highest number of absences

  • Which types of districts had the lowest fill rates

  • Which types of employees caused the increase in absences this month 

  • How substitute pool health impacts district fill rates