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Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States:
NCES 2009-320
June 2009


Table 12.  Among districts with more than one school, percentage of principals who were newly hired, average number of days in the normal contract year for principals, percentage of districts that had a tenure system for principals, and percentage of districts that had a training program for aspiring school administrators, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08

Average number of days in the normal contract year for principals1 Percent of districts that had a tenure system for principals Percent of districts that had a training program for aspiring school administrators
Selected public school
district characteristic
Percent of principals who were newly hired
         
                   
All districts with more than one school    9.3   227   25.4   23.8  
                   
District size                   
2-3 schools    14.0   226   25.2   14.2  
4-5 schools    11.3   228   24.1   18.9  
6-9 schools    11.2   228   27.0   23.2  
10-19 schools    10.0   227   26.6   42.1  
20 or more schools    6.1   228   24.2   66.8  
                   
Community type                   
City    6.8   227   27.9   51.6  
Suburban    8.3   232   36.1   30.0  
Town    11.9   225   22.3   21.4  
Rural    11.7   226   20.5   17.1  
                   
District K-12 enrollment                   
Less than 250    11.3 ! 217   15.3   11.8  
250-999    14.7   223   18.4   12.9  
1,000-1,999    12.4   230   29.5   18.0  
2,000-4,999    10.8   230   29.4   24.2  
5,000-9,999    9.7   229   29.7   38.8  
10,000 or more    6.3   228   24.2   66.6  
                   
Percent of K-12 students in
  district who were approved for
  free or reduced-price lunches 
                 
0-34    9.4   229   31.5   20.9  
35-49    8.6   225   24.9   26.0  
50-74    9.6   226   18.2   25.8  
75 or more    8.9   227   17.7   29.7  
District did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program 
  10.8   239   15.9 ! 17.7 !
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Includes professional development, student contract days, and other days covered in a typical contract.
NOTE: Districts with only one school, including single traditional public schools and public charter schools that operate independently of a regular school district, were not asked about principal salaryschedules, specific agreements with principal unions, principal hiring, number of contract days for principals, principal tenure, or training programs for aspiring school administrators. Estimatesin this table are based on 68 percent of all districts.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2007–08.


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