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Table 212.30. Number and percentage distribution of public and private school principals who left the profession during the past year, by total years of experience as a principal and occupational status: 2012-13
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Occupational status Total Percentage distribution, by years of experience as a principal in any school
Number Percent Less than 3 years 3 to 5 years 6 to 9 years 10 or more years
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
All school principal leavers 13,160   (1,041) 100.0   (†) 18.3   (4.39) 22.2   (4.19) 20.3   (3.63) 39.2   (3.79)
Public school principal leavers 10,270   (875) 100.0   (†) 16.3   (4.23) 22.2   (4.36) 23.0   (4.30) 38.6   (4.54)
Private school principal leavers 2,880   (592) 100.0   (†) 25.3 ! (10.18) 22.3 ! (8.66)   (†) 41.4   (10.35)
                                     
  Principals who left public schools
All public school principal leavers 10,270   (875) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)
Retired, not working outside of home 3,860   (533) 37.6   (3.96) 15.5 ! (7.53) 22.1 ! (9.48) 35.3   (8.14) 57.1   (7.01)
Deceased   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
On leave (e.g., maternity/paternity or disability)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in a kindergarten through grade 12 school, but
      not as a principal
2,530   (440) 24.6   (3.89) 49.5   (11.42) 31.0 ! (9.72) 24.8 ! (9.95) 10.3 ! (3.99)
Working in current school, but not as a principal 890 ! (293) 8.6 ! (2.86) 21.7 ! (9.98)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in a different public school, but not as a
      principal
1,440   (352) 14.0   (3.21)   (†) 23.7 ! (9.08)   (†) 5.9 ! (2.88)
Working in a private school, but not as a principal   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in a different (not identified) school, but not
      as a principal
  (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in kindergarten through grade 12 education, but
      not in a school
3,070   (538) 29.9   (4.44) 24.9 ! (9.97) 37.5 ! (11.37) 33.6   (8.28) 25.3   (7.06)
Working in a district or administrative office as a
      superintendent, assistant superintendent, or other
      higher level administrator
1,900   (424) 18.5   (3.95)   (†) 20.3 ! (8.18) 24.9 ! (7.87) 16.2 ! (6.05)
Working in a district or administrative office, in a
      position other than that of a superintendent, assistant
      superintendent, or other higher level administrator
820 ! (315) 8.0 ! (2.87)   (†)   (†) 8.1 ! (3.84) 5.7 ! (2.45)
Working at a job associated with kindergarten through
      grade 12 education, but not directly associated with
      any schools or school systems
  (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Position unknown   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working at a job outside of kindergarten through grade 12
      education
710 ! (287) 6.9 ! (2.75)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Other   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                     
  Principals who left private schools
All private school principal leavers 2,880   (592) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)
Retired, not working outside of home 860 ! (264) 29.9 ! (9.06)   (†)   (†)   (†) 43.3 ! (15.36)
Deceased   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
On leave (e.g., maternity/paternity or disability)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in a kindergarten through grade 12 school, but
      not as a principal
1,100 ! (399) 38.2   (10.26) 60.3 ! (20.13)   (†)   (†) 30.0 ! (13.57)
Working in current school, but not as a principal 660 ! (281) 23.0 ! (7.77)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in a different private school, but not as a
      principal
  (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in a public school, but not as a principal   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in a different (not identified) school, but not
      as a principal
  (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in kindergarten through grade 12 education, but
      not in a school
  (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in a district or administrative office as a
      superintendent, assistant superintendent, or other
      higher level administrator
  (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working in a district or administrative office, in a
      position other than that of a superintendent, assistant
      superintendent, or other higher level administrator
  (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working at a job associated with kindergarten through
      grade 12 education, but not directly associated with
      any schools or school systems
  (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Position unknown   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Working at a job outside of kindergarten through grade 12
      education
  (†) 20.3 ! (8.98)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Other   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Principal Data File" and "Private School Principal Data File," 2011-12; and Principal Follow-up Survey (PFS), "Public School Principal Status Data File" and "Private School Principal Status Data File," 2012-13. (This table was prepared November 2014.)

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