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Table 4.  Percentage distribution of school principals, by highest degree earned, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2007–08

School type and selected
 school characteristic
Education specialist or professional diploma1 Doctorate or first professional degree
  Bachelor's degree or less   Master's degree      
All schools      8.8   58.5   24.5   8.1  
                     
All public schools      1.5   61.1   29.0   8.4  
                     
School classification                     
Traditional public      1.0   61.2   29.6   8.2  
Charter school      11.7   57.3   16.5   14.5  
                     
Community type                     
City      1.5   61.3   26.5   10.7  
Suburban      0.9 ! 58.2   28.6   12.2  
Town      1.2 ! 63.5   30.3   4.9  
Rural      2.0   62.3   30.7   5.1  
                     
School level                     
Elementary      1.2   61.3   29.1   8.3  
Secondary      1.3 ! 61.0   28.6   9.1  
Combined      4.2 ! 58.8   29.5   7.5  
                     
Student enrollment                     
Less than 100      5.9 ! 55.3   32.1   6.7  
100-199      1.7 ! 68.1   22.9   7.3  
200-499      1.6   61.7   29.8   6.9  
500-749      0.5 ! 61.0   29.7   8.8  
750-999      0.2 ! 60.1   29.5   10.2  
1,000 or more      0.7 ! 57.3   27.4   14.5  
                     
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                   
0-34      1.1 ! 60.9   28.8   9.2  
35-49      0.5 ! 60.2   32.4   6.9  
50-74      1.4 ! 61.3   30.1   7.1  
75 or more      2.1 ! 62.9   26.0   9.0  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
    5.8 ! 55.9   26.6   11.7  
                     
All BIE schools      4.8   72.8   16.0   6.4  
                     
All private schools      32.6   50.2   10.0   7.2  
                     
School classification                     
Catholic      9.7   67.0   15.0   8.3  
Other religious      46.5   39.7   7.7   6.1  
Nonsectarian      29.0   53.2   9.4   8.3  
                     
Community type                     
City      23.2   55.8   12.2   8.7  
Suburban      29.8   52.2   10.1   7.9  
Town      30.7   49.2   13.0   7.1  
Rural      52.8   38.5   5.0   3.6  
                     
School level                     
Elementary      32.2   52.0   10.5   5.2  
Secondary      18.0   59.5   11.8   10.7  
Combined      38.1   43.8   8.5   9.6  
                     
Student enrollment                     
Less than 100      50.9   36.0   7.3   5.9  
100-199      25.1   58.9   9.7   6.3  
200-499      11.9   65.0   14.5   8.6  
500-749      5.2 ! 72.8   12.6   9.4  
750 or more      6.1 ! 57.0   15.3   21.6  
                     
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                   
0-34      21.0   60.1   13.4   5.6  
35-49      16.5 ! 66.2   8.9 ! 8.4 !
50-74      20.4   64.4   7.7 ! 7.5 !
75 or more      19.6   62.9   12.6 ! 4.9 !
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
    37.9   45.3   9.1   7.7  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 At least 1 year beyond the master's level.
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. Detailmay 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 SchoolPrincipal Data Files," 2007–08.


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