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Average years of experience as an elementary or secondary school teacher prior to becoming a principal, by school type and sex: 2007–08

Principal characteristic Public Private
All principals  12.7 10.2
Male  11.4 8.3
Female  13.9 11.9
NOTE: Principals with no years of teaching experience were included in the table.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Principal and Private School Principal Data Files," 2007–08.