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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 public school principals, by reported years of experience as a principal at current school and state: 2011–12


          Percent of principals by reported years of experience at current school  
State Average total years of experience   Average years at current school   Less than 2 years   2–3 years   4–9 years   10 years or more  
United States 7.2   4.2   32.5   22.8   33.5   11.2  
                         
Alabama 7.9   5.6   24.6   21.9   35.0   18.5  
Alaska 7.2   2.9   52.8   18.6 ! 21.8 ! 6.9 !
Arizona 6.9   3.4   40.3   21.7   30.1   7.9  
Arkansas 9.1   5.6   31.3   21.0   29.7   18.0  
California 6.2   3.1   40.6   25.4   28.3   5.7  
                         
Colorado 7.8   3.9   24.9   21.4   51.7    
Connecticut 7.4   5.3   23.9   20.7   40.3   15.1 !
Delaware 6.9   3.4   37.0   27.0   30.6   5.4 !
District of Columbia            
Florida 8.2   4.2   28.5   26.3   34.9   10.3  
                         
Georgia 5.9   3.9   29.2   21.9   39.8   9.1 !
Hawaii 7.0   4.1       55.6 !  
Idaho 7.3   3.5   37.7   29.8 ! 22.9   9.6  
Illinois 6.0   3.9   31.0   21.6   39.9   7.5  
Indiana 8.0   4.2   33.0   26.7   25.9   14.5  
                         
Iowa 9.3   5.5   24.9   18.2   38.0   18.8  
Kansas 8.1   5.2   27.8   27.1   27.0   18.1  
Kentucky 6.5   4.8   19.7   20.9   48.6   10.9 !
Louisiana 6.9   4.9   31.4   22.9   28.7   17.1  
Maine 7.8   4.8   37.5   9.9   39.2   13.4  
                         
Maryland            
Massachusetts 5.9   3.7   33.7   23.9   34.9   7.5 !
Michigan 7.6   3.7   40.4   18.2   32.4   9.0  
Minnesota 9.0   5.8   22.0   19.7   34.7   23.5  
Mississippi 6.7   4.0   35.0   17.9   37.2   10.0 !
                         
Missouri 7.1   4.6   29.5   24.2   30.8   15.5  
Montana 7.9   4.4   33.7   26.3   25.2   14.7  
Nebraska 10.3   5.9   29.8   14.7   29.8   25.8  
Nevada 7.1   3.4   29.6   33.7   30.3   6.4 !
New Hampshire 7.4   4.5   26.1   25.1   34.1   14.8 !
                         
New Jersey 8.0   4.8   30.8   19.8   34.8   14.6  
New Mexico 6.4   3.2   43.5   24.1   27.7    
New York 7.2   5.1   23.3   24.8   36.7   15.2  
North Carolina 5.4   2.7   45.8   22.6   27.4   4.3 !
North Dakota 9.1   5.8   25.9   17.3   39.4   17.4  
                         
Ohio 8.5   4.6   27.5   25.4   32.1   15.0  
Oklahoma 7.4   5.2   37.3   21.6   22.2   18.9  
Oregon 6.0   3.1   31.9   36.3   27.3   4.4 !
Pennsylvania 7.6   4.4   32.9   21.0   36.3   9.8  
Rhode Island 7.3   2.8   46.6   23.1   25.6    
                         
South Carolina 7.1   4.5   33.7   20.9   30.2   15.2  
South Dakota 9.5   6.5   19.1   12.7   49.0   19.3  
Tennessee 6.3   4.2   32.3   27.7   24.0   15.9  
Texas 6.0   3.9   35.7   23.3   32.2   8.8  
Utah 8.8   4.0   31.1   20.6   40.9   7.4  
                         
Vermont 10.1   5.2   28.6   16.3   38.6   16.5  
Virginia 7.2   4.2   29.3   18.0   41.8   10.9 !
Washington 8.0   4.8   27.1   15.8   46.2   10.8 !
West Virginia 8.1   4.2   29.5   26.3   36.5   7.7  
Wisconsin 7.9   4.8   28.1   24.2   31.6   16.2  
Wyoming 9.4   5.0   31.0   32.1   14.3   22.5  
! 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).
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error is 50 percent or more of the estimate) or the response rate is below 50 percent.
NOTE: Years of experience do not include the current school year. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because some data are not shown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Principal Data File," 2011–12.


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