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Table 39.  Average number of public school principals who were newly hired by public school districts for grades K-12 and comparable ungraded levels and percentage of public school districts that required selected criteria when considering principal applicants, by selected public school district characteristics: 2003–04

Selected public school
district characteristic
Average number of principals who were newly hired for grades K–12 and comparable ungraded levels
Percent of districts that required selected
criteria when considering principal applicants
Full standard state administrative certification Master's or higher degree Prior teaching experience Prior administrative experience Participation in administrative training program
All public school districts  0.7 83.5 76.5 72.8 12.9 28.8
             
District size             
1 school  0.3 72.3 70.4 67.5 11.2 24.4
2–3 schools  0.3 86.7 77.8 71.8 10.0 28.6
4–5 schools  0.5 87.8 77.0 74.6 14.2 32.9
6–9 schools  0.7 89.1 80.8 77.3 12.2 31.1
10–19 schools  1.1 91.1 81.5 79.1 18.7 30.7
20 or more schools  2.8 93.3 85.6 83.9 31.8 35.3
             
Community type             
Central city  1.8 66.1 70.2 75.4 28.2 24.2
Urban fringe/large town  0.7 86.6 77.0 74.2 16.1 29.2
Rural/small town  0.5 84.1 77.2 71.0 6.9 29.4
             
District K–12 enrollment             
Less than 250  0.3 65.9 60.6 60.7 12.5 24.5
250–999  0.3 84.7 79.6 74.3 9.7 28.2
1,000–1,999  0.5 89.8 79.8 73.7 10.5 28.6
2,000–4,999  0.6 88.9 80.5 76.2 12.1 32.1
5,000–9,999  1.0 91.2 84.3 79.7 20.6 30.4
10,000 or more  2.5 93.3 81.8 85.2 34.4 35.7
             
Percent of K–12
students in district
who were approved
for free or
reduced-price lunches 
           
Less than 5  0.8 92.2 78.7 76.8 19.9 30.5
5–24.9  0.6 87.7 80.7 76.4 12.1 28.3
25–49.9  0.6 85.0 78.2 72.3 10.8 29.8
50–74.9  0.7 82.8 74.1 70.8 8.4 28.6
75 or more  1.1 79.9 75.6 71.7 22.6 31.9
District did not participate
in free or reduced-price
lunch program 
0.3 62.0 59.4 68.9 25.6 19.9
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, District Data File.


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