What We Explored in This Report

By now, most schools across the country have rung the final bell of the 2015-2016 academic year and announced the beginning of summer. During this brief pause between one school year and the next, you may be reflecting on how your school community closed out 2015-2016.  The last few weeks of school can prove dizzyingly busy and feel quite different from the rest of the year. What do teacher absences look like during this transition, and how can this data help us prepare to fill absences next year?

Since January, Frontline Education has drawn from a massive pool of aggregate data—from a customer base of over 7,500 educational organizations nationwide—to share insights about teacher absences, fill rates, and other related information. 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. We've been comparing monthly results to see what trends are taking shape across the nation, and this is the final monthly report of the 2015-2016 school year. 


This month’s report is based on data from more than 4,900 educational organizations and 2.7 million employees in Frontline’s absence and substitute management system.


Average Absences Per Employee

On average, employees took between 1.58 and 1.76 absences from January through May. In June, that average dipped to .69  absences.


Absences & Fill Rates by Day of the Week

Fill rates were the lowest they’ve been in 2016, averaging 80% in June. The lowest fill rate days every month since January? Mondays and Fridays.


Absences by Reason

Absences due to illness have declined 18% since January, while absences marked as “Vacation” increased 17% since January.


Average Days Worked Per Substitute 

The percentage of non-working substitutes rose sharply in June to 82%. Only 18% of active substitutes worked at least one day during June.


Absences Lead Time

Once again, June data indicates that as lead time grows, so do fill rates. Absences with zero days of lead time saw an average fill rate of just 50%, while absences with one day of lead time jumped to an average fill rate of 62%.



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In this report, you’ll also learn:

  • Which types of districts had the lowest fill rates

  • Which types of districts see their substitutes working most frequently

  • How substitute pool health impacts district fill rates