Flaking Out : Student Absences and Snow Days as Disruptions of Instructional Time ∗

@inproceedings{Goodman2014FlakingO,
  title={Flaking Out : Student Absences and Snow Days as Disruptions of Instructional Time ∗},
  author={Joshua Goodman},
  year={2014}
}
Despite the fact that the average American student is absent more than two weeks out of every school year, most research on the effect of instructional time has focused not on attendance but on the length of the school day or year. Student and school fixed effects models using Massachusetts data show a strong relationship between student absences and achievement but no impact of lost instructional time due to school closures. I confirm those findings in instrumental variables models exploiting… CONTINUE READING