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Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

How much time spent teaching?

A couple of weeks back I wrote about international comparisons of the number of hours that teachers spend actually teaching. The numbers I presented showed that American teachers put in more hours than their counterparts. So I was surprised to … Continue reading

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How do teachers spend their time?

The “Teaching and Learning International Survey” (TALIS) asked lower secondary school teachers around the world how they spend their work time. American teachers report working 45 hours a week during the school year. Teachers in other countries report an average … Continue reading

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Teacher work hours around the world

It’s tough to figure out how many total hours teachers work because there is much conflicting data. The OECD has put together numbers for officially assigned teaching hours in many countries. (It’s less tough to figure out “officially assigned teaching … Continue reading

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  1. Nordy says:

    How are we at the high end of teacher hours, but not on the high end of measures of student instructional time? Do the countries with more instructional time hire that many more teachers?

    • Dick Startz says:

      Good question. I don’t think it’s due to more teachers, but the OECD source doesn’t give student instructional hours for the U.S. so I don’t have a good answer.

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How many hours do teachers work?

According to the preliminary reports from the newest Schools and Staffing Survey (2011-2012), regular full-time teachers average 52 hours “on all teaching and other school-related activities during a typical full week.” Of that 52 hours, 31 hours is devoted to delivering “deliver … Continue reading

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How much do teachers work?

Every time teacher pay gets discussed someone argues against raises by saying that teachers don’t work as many hours as comparable workers; they get summers off and long vacations.  Now to an economist, this is a mostly irrelevant argument. If we need … Continue reading

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  1. Glynis says:

    If you feel like some extra data work, I best looking a quartiles would be cooler than means.

    Also, there’s a general question at the beginning of the ATUS that asks people how many hours they work at their main job each week. Comparing the difference between that an the diary reported hours of work for teachers and non-teachers would be interesting, and a good way to check for any possible systematic error in identifying work hours for teachers given the non-traditional way it’s done.

  2. Michaele Sommerville says:

    … and the four hours at home each evening grading papers, crunching data and communicating with families?

    • Glynis says:

      Because the study uses the ATUS, as long as the teachers surveyed thought of that time as work, it should be included. The American Time Use Survey includes a very detailed, self-reported diary of time use.

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Teacher hours

Teachers probably work fewer hours than most other folks (over the course of a year). The extent of the difference is likely less than many believe because many teachers work so many hours off the clock. That being said, the data … Continue reading

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  1. Nordy says:

    How does this data make sense, given what we know about US hours of instruction compared to other countries?

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How much do teachers work?

How much do teachers work over the course of the year? Let me tell you that no one has the slightest idea. Here’s why: First, different sources put work hours per week (during the school year) anywhere from about 40 hours a … Continue reading

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  1. Peter Bayliss says:

    Absolute rubbish.

    Teachers clock on at 9am and schools out at 3pm – how in the hell do you get 40-50 hours per week. The teacher next door to us is home at 3.20pm on the dot every day !!!
    The more pertinent question is how long does the teacher actually teach classes each day. An ex teacher I know puts it at around 3-4 hours per day. Teachers, through their
    union, have become the most underworked and overpaid “workers” in Australia bar none. They are also incompetent as any cursory reading of Australia’s numeracy and literacy deterioration shows.

    • Tiffany says:

      Not all teachers clock in at 9 just saying. Most clock in at around 7 for high school. They do not leave until at least 3. That is 8 hours right there. Now if they need to work over time for a sport or to help a student, that is where they get all the hours.

  2. @globeteck says:

    @brother_polight #IRS LMAO Teachers get paid $40k to work 172 days a year https://t.co/FH3VeWeflH
    https://t.co/o9DgRZwIrO

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