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Table 4. Percentage distribution of public school principals, by highest degree earned and state: 2007–08

Bachelor's
degree or less
Master's degree Education specialist or professional diploma1 Doctorate or first professional degree
States        
United States  1.5   61.1   29.0   8.4  
                 
Alabama  #   49.1   36.3   14.7  
Alaska  6.5 ! 71.2   18.0   4.3 !
Arizona    69.7   12.9 ! 11.5  
Arkansas  #   70.6   26.3   3.1 !
California  3.9 ! 75.9   14.7   5.5 !
                 
Colorado    68.2   18.6   10.6 !
Connecticut  #   6.6 ! 82.0   11.4  
Delaware    63.0   19.3   14.1  
District of Columbia  #   69.6   13.9   16.5  
Florida    57.9   22.9   16.7  
                 
Georgia  #   15.7 ! 59.1   25.2  
Hawaii    73.7   5.9 ! 4.1 !
Idaho    64.6   27.4 !  
Illinois    63.7   27.2   8.8 !
Indiana  #   57.9   38.2    
                 
Iowa  #   64.2   32.4    
Kansas  #   77.4   18.8 ! 3.8 !
Kentucky    20.4   76.3    
Louisiana  #   67.5   27.7    
Maine    69.1   23.4   6.9 !
                 
Maryland  #   62.5   29.3   8.2 !
Massachusetts    61.6   27.5   10.4 !
Michigan    69.1   23.3   4.1 !
Minnesota    8.5 ! 74.9   15.7  
Mississippi  #   60.7   27.9   11.4 !
                 
Missouri    33.9   50.9   13.1  
Montana    73.7   19.3    
Nebraska    70.4   25.3    
Nevada  #   65.4   25.7   8.9 !
New Hampshire  #   63.8   26.0   10.2 !
                 
New Jersey  #   66.3   17.4 ! 16.3 !
New Mexico    79.3   15.5   4.9 !
New York  #   30.8   62.6    
North Carolina    65.5   21.9   12.3 !
North Dakota  10.2   75.3   10.6 ! 3.9 !
                 
Ohio    70.8   24.2    
Oklahoma  #   77.5   16.5    
Oregon    62.3   34.0    
Pennsylvania    48.6   36.4   12.9  
Rhode Island  #   51.8   28.3   19.9 !
                 
South Carolina  #   47.9   41.0   11.1  
South Dakota    58.9   27.7   10.6 !
Tennessee  #   49.8   36.0   14.2 !
Texas    80.8   13.9   4.3 !
Utah    52.1   34.2   11.1 !
                 
Vermont    70.6   23.1 !  
Virginia    67.6   19.5   12.7  
Washington    69.2   22.7   4.4 !
West Virginia  #   79.1   16.5   4.4 !
Wisconsin  #   72.3   23.9   3.9 !
Wyoming    69.2   22.7   7.0  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 At least 1 year beyond the master's level.
NOTE: 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 Data File," 2007–08.


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