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Table 29.  Experience of school principals, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2003–04

School type and selected school characteristics Percentage who held selected school positions before becoming a principal Average number of years as principal in any school Average number of years as principal in current school
Department head Curriculum specialist or coordinator Assistant principal or program director Guidance counselor Library media specialist/
librarian
Athletic coach/
athletic director
Sponsor for student clubs/
debate teams
All schools  35.4 24.1 62.1 8.1 1.6 31.1 49.8 8.3 4.8
                   
All public schools  35.6 23.4 68.0 7.5 1.3 33.9 52.7 7.8 4.3
                   
School classification                   
Traditional public  35.4 23.1 68.2 7.5 1.2 34.1 52.7 7.8 4.4
Charter school  43.3 37.8 58.0 5.2 2.9 24.2 53.3 6.1 2.6
                   
Community type                   
Central city  34.4 33.6 78.2 8.7 1.6 20.3 48.2 7.4 4.0
Urban fringe/large town  35.0 22.8 71.9 6.7 1.1 32.9 53.3 7.9 4.4
Rural/small town  37.6 15.2 51.6 7.7 1.3 48.2 55.9 7.9 4.6
                   
School level                   
Elementary  31.3 24.9 66.6 6.9 1.3 25.7 47.5 7.9 4.3
Secondary  46.1 18.9 78.3 8.8 1.0 54.6 67.0 7.5 4.2
Combined  44.1 23.0 49.2 9.1 1.8 48.1 59.7 7.4 4.4
                   
Student enrollment                   
Less than 100  45.0 23.3 52.7 8.7 1.1 34.2 52.8 7.8 4.1
100–199  34.3 19.7 44.0 6.6 2.1 41.1 51.8 8.8 4.8
200–499  32.6 23.6 59.5 7.2 1.1 31.1 48.6 7.8 4.5
500–749  33.2 23.0 77.7 6.8 1.4 31.1 51.4 7.7 4.2
750–999  37.0 24.7 88.8 7.0 1.0 30.7 55.3 7.2 3.8
1,000 or more  45.4 25.7 92.4 10.0 1.4 47.4 70.3 7.3 4.1
                   
All BIA schools  50.0 31.1 57.8 8.3 4.1 33.8 52.3 8.0 3.1
                   
All private schools  34.9 26.2 43.5 9.9 2.6 22.2 40.4 10.0 6.5
                   
School classification                   
Catholic  43.5 31.7 52.1 6.5 2.0 21.6 57.4 10.5 5.8
Other religious  30.2 21.7 38.6 11.0 3.2 25.3 33.8 9.5 6.3
Nonsectarian  33.8 28.4 43.1 12.0 2.2 16.7 33.4 10.5 7.6
                   
Community type                   
Central city  35.6 29.0 45.0 10.8 1.9 21.9 44.1 10.0 6.7
Urban fringe/large town  36.2 26.7 46.4 9.3 3.1 20.7 39.4 10.6 6.8
Rural/small town  28.8 18.1 31.0 10.2 2.8 27.6 35.6 8.1 4.9
                   
School level                   
Elementary  31.7 27.8 40.9 6.3 2.6 16.4 37.8 9.9 6.2
Secondary  47.7 26.7 60.8 17.1 0.3 34.2 59.0 9.3 5.4
Combined  37.3 22.9 43.5 15.0 3.4 30.2 40.2 10.3 7.4
                   
Student enrollment                   
Less than 100  24.9 22.7 33.6 9.9 3.4 15.3 25.4 8.9 6.4
100–199  40.1 29.3 43.6 8.7 2.1 25.0 45.6 9.8 5.7
200–499  44.4 28.4 54.9 9.2 1.7 28.0 55.2 11.6 6.9
500–749  53.4 34.9 63.4 13.5 2.6 32.7 67.2 12.6 7.4
750 or more  44.0 25.6 74.1 20.2 2.3 43.8 74.7 12.2 8.1
NOTE: BIA school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that are operated by the BIA, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, Public School Principal, BIA School Principal, and Private School Principal Data Files.


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