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Table 32.  Percentage of school principals who were currently teaching in addition to serving as principal and average number of years spent teaching before becoming a principal, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2003–04

School type and
selected school characteristic
Percentage of principals
who were currently teaching
in addition to serving as principal
Average number of years
spent teaching before
becoming a principal
All schools  54.4 12.3
     
All public schools  27.7 13.0
     
School classification     
Traditional public  25.0 13.0
Charter school  60.8 10.6
     
Community type     
Central city  16.4 13.4
Urban fringe/large town  21.9 12.8
Rural/small town  37.6 12.9
     
School level     
Elementary  21.2 13.2
Secondary  28.1 12.7
Combined  55.3 11.7
     
Student enrollment     
Less than 100  58.7 11.3
100–199  37.5 13.2
200–499  15.9 13.2
500–749  6.0 12.8
750–999  12.0 13.3
1,000 or more  14.9 13.1
     
All BIA schools  11.7 9.8
     
All private schools  71.7 10.4
     
School classification     
Catholic  50.3 14.8
Other religious  79.0 8.0
Nonsectarian  70.3 9.7
     
Community type     
Central city  67.6 11.4
Urban fringe/large town  70.5 10.2
Rural/small town  81.8 8.5
     
School level     
Elementary  68.2 11.0
Secondary  66.8 12.7
Combined  78.4 8.5
     
Student enrollment     
Less than 100  85.2 7.4
100–199  65.9 12.2
200–499  47.2 13.3
500–749  40.5 13.6
750 or more  49.7 13.0
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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