Publication Date

Fall 2015

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Randall H. Capps (Director), Robert Reber, and Antony D. Norman

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


This study examined absenteeism of both certified and classified employees (N = 429), to include teachers, administrators, and support staff, and selected demographic variables in one school district consisting of the following: one high school, three elementary schools, one middle school, one alternative school, one transportation department, one maintenance department, and a central office. The variables include gender, ethnicity, years of service, particular and total days missed.

The design of the quantitative study was based on secondary data analysis that encompassed running descriptive statistics for the purpose of determining the frequency of employee absence and the overall costs. An analysis of variance was used to examine the data and its significance. The study revealed that the average number of absences for certified employees was 14.53 days per year, and the average number of absences for classified employees was 15.29 days per year, with an estimated cost of $491,000 over a two-year period.

The study confirms the need for further research into the areas of both certified and classified staff, which should include the tracking and monitoring of absenteeism as well as the causes and the overall costs related to employee absenteeism.


Education | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Performance Management