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Table 6. Average total years of experience as a school principal, average years as a principal at current school, and percentage distribution of principals, by reported years of experience as a principal at current school, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2011–12


          Percent of principals by reported years of experience at current school  
Selected school characteristic Average total years of experience   Average years at current school   Less than 2 years   2–3 years   4–9 years   10 years or more  
All schools 8.0   4.9   30.8   21.6   32.5   15.2  
                         
All public schools 7.2 4.2 32.5 22.8 33.5 11.2  
                         
School classification                         
Traditional public  7.2 4.2 32.1 22.7 33.9 11.4
Charter school  5.9 3.3 40.4 24.8 27.2 7.6  
                         
Community type                         
City  6.8 3.9 36.1 22.0 31.9 10.1
Suburban  7.3 4.2 31.2 22.2 36.6 10.0
Town  7.3 4.6 29.8 24.0 31.5 14.6
Rural  7.3 4.3 31.8 23.4 33.2 11.6
                         
School level                         
Primary 7.3 4.3 30.5 22.9 35.0 11.6
Middle 6.5 4.0 35.3 21.1 34.0 9.6
High 7.2 4.0 34.1 24.7 30.9 10.3
Combined  7.0 4.2 36.7 20.5 29.3 13.5
                         
Student enrollment                         
Less than 100  7.3 3.8 41.2 23.1 25.3 10.5
100-199  7.1 4.6 30.9 22.0 34.1 13.0  
200-499  7.1 4.3 32.5 23.0 32.6 11.9
500-749  7.4 4.2 30.3 22.3 36.2 11.2
750-999  6.7 4.0 33.2 23.6 32.9 10.3
1,000 or more  7.1 3.9 32.1 22.6 37.2 8.2
                         
Percent of K-12 students who
were approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
                       
0-34  7.7 4.4 28.5 22.6 37.0 11.8
35-49  7.2 4.3 30.9 22.6 35.1 11.4
50-74  7.2 4.3 32.6 24.4 30.7 12.4
75 or more  6.5 3.7 37.6 21.5 32.1 8.8
School did not participate
in free or reduced-price
lunch program
7.0   4.2   38.3   22.1   26.6   12.9  
                         
All private schools 10.8   7.4   24.7   17.5   28.8   29.1  
                         
School classification                         
Catholic 10.5 6.3 25.1 20.1 31.5 23.4  
Other religious 10.1 6.9 28.2 17.9 26.4 27.6
Nonsectarian 12.7 9.5 17.4 13.8 30.7 38.1  
                         
Community type                         
City  11.0 7.6 22.0 17.7 29.8 30.5
Suburban  11.8 8.2 22.8 15.5 30.8 30.9  
Town  10.2 6.4 28.0 17.8 29.2 25.0
Rural  9.7 6.5 29.4 19.5 24.6 26.5  
                         
School level                         
Elementary 10.6 7.0 26.4 19.1 29.1 25.4
Secondary 11.0 7.6 22.8 13.4 ! 32.2 31.6
Combined  11.2 8.0 22.4 16.0 27.2 34.5  
                         
Student enrollment                         
Less than 100  9.9 7.4 27.1 18.1 26.3 28.5
100-199  10.5 6.5 23.7 18.7 31.6 26.1  
200-499  12.3 7.6 22.9 15.1 31.5 30.5  
500-749  13.7 9.2 20.0 13.5 28.6 37.8
750 or more 13.4   8.2   10.7 ! 23.8   29.7   35.8  
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
NOTE: Years of experience do not include the current school year. 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 Library Media Center Data File," 2011–12.


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