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Table 7.  Average total years of experience as a school principal, average years at current school as a principal, and percentage distribution of principals, by years of experience as a principal at current school, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2007–08

School type and selected
 school characteristic
Average total years of experience Average years at current school Years of experience as a principal at current school  
Less than 2 years 2 years 3 years 4-9 years 10 years or more
             
All schools     8.1   4.8   32.5   13.0   10.2   29.2   15.0  
                                 
All public schools     7.5   4.2   34.1   13.4   10.8   29.9   11.9  
                                 
School classification                                
Traditional public     7.5   4.3   33.8   13.4   10.8   29.9   12.1  
Charter school     6.6   3.5   40.8   12.3 ! 9.6   30.3   7.1 !
                                 
Community type                                
City     7.0   3.7   36.3   14.7   10.7   29.6   8.7  
Suburban     7.7   4.4   31.9   13.8   11.2   30.2   12.9  
Town     7.8   4.6   32.3   12.7   10.1   29.8   15.1  
Rural     7.5   4.3   35.2   12.3   10.7   30.0   11.7  
                                 
School level                                
Elementary     7.7   4.3   33.3   13.9   10.6   30.1   12.2  
Secondary     7.1   4.1   34.4   12.4   11.3   30.3   11.6  
Combined     7.1   3.8   41.3   11.7   10.5   27.0   9.5  
                                 
Student enrollment                                
Less than 100     7.6   4.2   41.2   9.9   7.7   28.5   12.6  
100-199     7.8   4.5   33.4   13.9   11.4   27.5   13.8  
200-499     7.3   4.2   32.9   13.7   10.9   30.6   11.8  
500-749     7.5   4.2   35.1   12.8   10.4   31.2   10.5  
750-999     7.6   4.4   32.4   14.5   11.2   29.4   12.5  
1,000 or more     7.4   4.1   33.5   14.5   12.1   28.1   11.8  
                                 
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                               
0-34     8.1   4.6   31.1   13.2   9.5   32.9   13.4  
35-49     7.2   4.2   34.4   12.4   12.4   29.7   11.1  
50-74     7.1   4.0   36.3   13.0   12.3   27.5   10.9  
75 or more     6.8   3.7   37.0   15.7   10.5   27.0   9.8  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
    8.4   4.7   35.5   9.6   8.9 ! 31.2   14.8  
                                 
All BIE schools     8.5   4.1   37.8   14.1   9.3   28.6   10.2  
                                 
All private schools     10.0   6.8   27.5   12.0   8.5   27.1   25.0  
                                 
School classification                                
Catholic     10.7   6.4   26.6   11.9   9.1   29.6   22.8  
Other religious     9.1   6.1   29.4   12.9   9.5   27.3   21.0  
Nonsectarian     11.0   8.8   24.4   10.2   5.8   23.9   35.6  
                                 
Community type                                
City     10.8   7.5   28.0   9.8   9.4   24.4   28.4  
Suburban     10.5   7.1   22.5   12.8   7.8   30.6   26.3  
Town     9.4   6.1   31.9   10.1   10.5   26.3   21.1  
Rural     8.1   5.7   32.4   15.0   7.3 ! 26.1   19.2  
                                 
School level                                
Elementary     9.9   6.4   29.8   12.2   9.4   25.1   23.6  
Secondary     9.9   7.2   22.1   10.9   8.5   33.4   25.1  
Combined     10.2   7.5   25.0   12.1   6.9   28.6   27.5  
                                 
Student enrollment                                
Less than 100     8.5   6.4   29.8   12.8   9.1   25.3   23.0  
100-199     10.2   6.4   30.8   11.9   8.4   28.3   20.6  
200-499     12.0   7.5   21.4   11.5   8.1   29.8   29.2  
500-749     12.9   8.5   25.4   8.2   6.1 ! 22.6   37.6  
750 or more     11.3   8.2   17.7   9.5 ! 7.4 ! 32.0   33.4  
                                 
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                               
0-34     10.1   6.4   26.5   14.0   10.8   28.6   20.2  
35-49     9.9   7.3   20.7 ! 14.3 ! 10.8 ! 28.4   25.8  
50-74     10.3   6.7   26.9   15.2 ! 10.8 ! 22.1   25.0  
75 or more     9.2   6.5   32.9   7.4 ! 1.9 ! 33.7   24.1  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
    10.0   6.9   27.7   11.5   8.1   26.3   26.3  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
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 totalsbecause 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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