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Table 3.  Percentage distribution of school principals by age category, average and median age of principals, and percentage distribution of principals, by sex, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2007–08

School type and selected
 school characteristic
Less than 45 years 45-54 years 55 years or more Sex  
          Average age of principals   Median age of principals   Male   Female  
All schools      32.6   33.0   34.4   49   50   49.0   51.0  
                                 
All public schools      33.9   34.5   31.6   49   49   49.7   50.3  
                                 
School classification                                 
Traditional public      33.6   34.9   31.5   49   49   50.0   50.0  
Charter school      40.0   25.3   34.7   49   48   41.6   58.4  
                                 
Community type                                 
City      30.9   37.2   31.9   49   50   38.8   61.2  
Suburban      32.3   33.4   34.3   49   51   47.8   52.2  
Town      32.2   36.5   31.2   49   49   54.4   45.6  
Rural      38.1   32.7   29.1   48   48   57.2   42.8  
                                 
School level                                 
Elementary      34.0   33.3   32.6   49   49   41.1   58.9  
Secondary      33.6   36.9   29.5   49   49   71.5   28.5  
Combined      32.8   38.5   28.6   49   49   60.0   40.0  
                                 
Student enrollment                                 
Less than 100      26.4   34.2   39.4   50   51   46.7   53.3  
100-199      36.0   27.5   36.5   49   50   54.9   45.1  
200-499      35.2   36.2   28.6   48   49   47.2   52.8  
500-749      35.0   31.6   33.4   49   50   45.9   54.1  
750-999      34.7   36.0   29.3   49   49   51.5   48.5  
1,000 or more      28.5   40.0   31.5   49   50   63.8   36.2  
                                 
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                               
0-34      35.6   34.5   29.9   49   49   56.8   43.2  
35-49      34.6   35.5   29.9   48   49   50.8   49.2  
50-74      32.7   33.6   33.7   49   50   44.6   55.4  
75 or more      34.2   35.9   29.9   48   49   40.9   59.1  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
    19.8   30.7   49.6   52   54   49.9   50.1  
                                 
All BIE schools      21.8   47.4   51.2   50   50   51.5   48.5  
All private schools      28.6   27.9   43.5   51   52   46.7   53.3  
                                 
School classification                                 
Catholic      16.4   26.6   57.0   54   55   26.2   73.8  
Other religious      33.3   30.9   35.8   49   50   61.1   38.9  
Nonsectarian      32.3   23.3   44.4   51   52   39.6   60.4  
                                 
Community type                                 
City      26.7   25.8   47.5   52   53   38.0   62.0  
Suburban      25.9   26.6   47.4   52   53   41.2   58.8  
Town      26.6   31.0   42.4   52   52   53.3   46.7  
Rural      36.7   31.9   31.4   48   49   66.3   33.7  
                                 
School level                                 
Elementary      26.4   27.5   46.1   51   53   36.3   63.7  
Secondary      29.1   30.1   40.8   51   52   64.4   35.6  
Combined      32.5   28.0   39.6   50   51   59.8   40.2  
                                 
Student enrollment                                 
Less than 100      35.5   26.7   37.8   49   50   45.7   54.3  
100-199      29.3   28.7   41.9   51   51   47.1   52.9  
200-499      18.6   27.4   54.0   54   55   45.5   54.5  
500-749      13.4   34.2   52.4   54   55   47.4   52.6  
750 or more      18.6   35.9   45.6   52   53   70.9   29.1  
                                 
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                               
0-34      23.0   28.1   49.0   52   54   42.7   57.3  
35-49      35.6   23.9   40.6   49   52   32.7   67.3  
50-74      42.6   17.6   39.8   49   49   34.1   65.9  
75 or more      28.6   25.4   46.0   51   53   42.1   57.9  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
    29.2   28.7   42.1   51   52   49.3   50.7  
NOTE: BIE school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) that are operated by the BIE, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Principal, BIE School Principal, and Private School Principal Data Files," 2007–08.


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