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Table 7. Percentage of school principals who thought they had a major influence on decisions concerning various activities at their school, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2011–12


Selected school characteristic Setting performance standards for students   Establishing curriculum   Determining the content of in-service professional development programs for teachers   Evaluating teachers   Hiring new full-time teachers   Setting discipline policy   Deciding how their school budget will be spent  
All schools 75.2   49.2   71.6   93.5   85.3   80.3   64.0  
                             
All public schools 73.6 43.2 69.8 96.2 85.1 79.8 64.1  
                             
School classification                             
Traditional public  72.9 42.1 69.3 96.4 84.9 79.7 64.7
Charter school  87.0 64.2 77.7 92.8 88.6 81.1 53.2  
                             
Community type                             
City  77.3 38.9 73.6 95.7 82.0 78.8 69.1
Suburban  71.7 36.2 66.8 95.3 83.3 80.5 64.5
Town  71.9 47.2 68.0 96.3 88.1 80.6 64.2
Rural  73.1 50.6 69.9 97.4 87.8 79.6 59.9
                             
School level                             
Primary 73.1 39.5 69.7 96.6 83.5 81.1 66.8
Middle 76.3 39.7 68.7 96.8 88.8 80.6 66.3
High 73.3 49.3 69.8 95.5 87.5 77.6 60.7
Combined  72.9 59.1 72.3 94.1 83.0 74.7 50.3
                             
Student enrollment                             
Less than 100  69.4 56.4 65.7 94.1 79.9 74.9 60.6
100-199  76.7 59.7 71.7 96.3 91.4 84.0 57.8  
200-499  74.6 43.0 68.6 97.3 84.9 80.5 63.5
500-749  72.6 36.7 70.5 96.0 83.2 79.8 64.1
750-999  75.1 40.3 73.0 95.8 87.1 80.8 70.1
1,000 or more  71.6 40.6 70.9 94.3 87.8 76.6 68.1
                             
Percent of K-12 students who
were approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
                           
0-34  72.6 40.4 70.7 96.7 87.0 81.2 64.5
35-49  70.6 41.3 69.4 96.8 87.4 80.1 63.1
50-74  73.2 43.2 69.6 96.6 87.2 79.8 64.1
75 or more  76.8 46.2 68.4 95.0 78.7 79.0 63.2
School did not participate
in free or reduced-price
lunch program
78.5   54.7   74.7   95.8   88.0   71.4   72.5  
                             
All private schools 80.6   70.4   78.5   83.7   85.8   81.9   63.4  
                             
School classification                             
Catholic 86.2 70.2 84.6 94.3 97.6 90.6 67.1  
Other religious 75.5 68.7 73.5 77.5 76.1 77.5 55.3
Nonsectarian 84.9 73.8 81.0 84.4 91.8 81.2 75.0  
                             
Community type                             
City  88.0 76.5 79.6 87.7 89.9 85.4 65.4
Suburban  86.8 75.3 84.3 88.5 91.2 88.9 65.8  
Town  77.7 68.4 73.9 85.2 88.2 82.0 66.8
Rural  64.2 56.6 70.2 70.8 71.6 68.0 56.1  
                             
School level                             
Elementary 77.5 65.8 77.5 84.6 85.8 82.5 61.8
Secondary 87.8 75.8 77.1 84.2 92.3 82.9 71.2
Combined  83.7 76.4 80.7 82.1 83.8 80.5 63.6  
                             
Student enrollment                             
Less than 100  73.3 66.6 72.6 80.1 78.4 76.8 58.5
100-199  85.2 71.8 80.7 91.8 91.2 89.1 64.1  
200-499  88.7 74.6 86.0 86.2 94.9 85.9 72.7  
500-749  91.5 76.6 86.1 80.2 93.4 91.2 63.7
750 or more 93.0   81.8   82.0   72.6   86.7   70.8   62.1  
NOTE: Response options included "no influence," "minor influence," "moderate influence," "major influence," and "not applicable." Principals who reported "not applicable" are excluded from the table.
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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