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Public and Private School Principle in the United States: A Statistical Profile, 1987-88 to 1993-94
Table A26.Mean ratings by public and private school principals regarding their influence in
          establishing curriculum, hiring new teachers, and setting discipline policy, by selected  
          school characteristics:  1987-88, 1990-91, and 1993-94
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                                                                 Activity area
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                               Establishing curriculum           Hiring new teachers               Setting discipline policy
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School characteristic     1987-88   1990-91   1993-94       1987-88   1990-91   1993-94       1987-88   1990-91   1993-94
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PUBLIC
  Total                     4.4       4.3       4.4           4.9       5.2       5.3           5.1       5.3       5.4
  School level
    Elementary              4.4       4.2       4.4           4.9       5.1       5.3           5.1       5.2       5.3
    Secondary               4.6       4.4       4.6           5.1       5.3       5.4           5.2       5.4       5.5
    Combined                4.7       4.5       4.5           5.0       5.1       5.3           5.2       5.3       5.3
  School size
    Less than 150           4.7       4.5       4.6           4.8       5.1       5.2           5.2       5.3       5.4
    150-499                 4.5       4.3       4.4           5.0       5.1       5.3           5.1       5.3       5.3
    500-749                 4.3       4.3       4.4           4.9       5.3       5.3           5.1       5.3       5.4
    750 or more             4.4       4.2       4.4           5.0       5.2       5.4           5.2       5.2       5.4
  Minority enrollment
    Less than 20%           4.6       4.4       4.5           5.1       5.3       5.4           5.2       5.4       5.4
    20%-50%                 4.3       4.2       4.4           4.9       5.2       5.4           5.1       5.3       5.4
    More than 50%           4.2       4.0       4.4           4.4       4.7       5.0           4.9       5.1       5.2
  District size
    Less than 1,000         5.0       4.7       4.7           5.2       5.3       5.4           5.3       5.4       5.4
    1,000-4,999             4.7       4.5       4.5           5.2       5.4       5.4           5.3       5.4       5.4
    5,000-9,999             4.4       4.2       4.3           4.9       5.2       5.3           5.1       5.3       5.3
    10,000 or more          4.0       3.9       4.2           4.5       4.9       5.1           4.9       5.1       5.3
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Table A26.Mean ratings by public and private school principals regarding their influence in
          establishing curriculum, hiring new teachers, and setting discipline policy, by selected  
          school characteristics:  1987-88, 1990-91, and 1993-94(continue)
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                                                        Activity area
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                        Establishing curriculum    Hiring new teachers        Setting discipline policy
                      -------------------------- -------------------------- -------------------------------
School characteristic  1987-88 1990-91 1993-94    1987-88 1990-91 1993-94    1987-88 1990-91 1993-94
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PRIVATE
  Total                   5.2     5.4     5.3        5.5     5.6     5.6        5.5     5.7     5.7
  School level
     Elementary           5.2     5.4     5.3        5.5     5.5     5.6        5.6     5.7     5.8
     Secondary            5.4     5.3     5.5        5.8     5.8     5.8        5.4     5.7     5.8
     Combined             5.3     5.4     5.4        5.3     5.6     5.6        5.5     5.6     5.6
  School size
     Less than 150        5.2     5.2     5.2        5.2     5.3     5.4        5.4     5.6     5.6
     150-499              5.3     5.5     5.4        5.7     5.8     5.8        5.6     5.8     5.8
     500-749              5.3     5.4     5.6        5.8     5.9     5.9        5.7     5.7     5.8
     750 or more          5.5     5.5     5.5        5.8     5.8     5.9        5.7     5.8     5.8
  Minority enrollment
     Less than 20%        5.2     5.4     5.3        5.4     5.6     5.5        5.5     5.7     5.7
     20%-50%              5.2     5.3     5.4        5.4     5.6     5.7        5.5     5.8     5.8
     More than 50%        5.3     5.1     5.4        5.6     5.5     5.8        5.6     5.7     5.8
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NOTE:  Principals were asked to rate how much actual influence they had on each activity on a 
scale of 1 to 6, where 1 represented none and 6 represented a great  deal.  The 1993-94 questionnaires
used a 0 to 5 scale, and 1993-94 scores in this table have been adjusted to the 1 to 6 scale. 
SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Education, , Schools and
Staffing Survey:  1987-88 (School Administrator, Public and Private School, and Teacher Demand
and Shortage Questionnaires), 1990-91 (Public and Private School Administrator, Public and Private
School, and Teacher Demand and Shortage Questionnaires), and 1993-94 (Public and Private 
School Principal, Public and Private School, and Teacher Demand and Shortage Questionnaires).


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