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Among public school principals with at least 1 year of experience at their current school and who participated in any professional development last school year, percentage reporting how often the professional development activities were designed for various purposes, by selected school characteristics and principal experience: 2017–18

                   
  Designed to support state or district standards and/or
assessments
  Designed as part of a school improvement plan to meet state,
district, or school goals
Selected school characteristic
and principal experience
Never   Sometimes   Always   Never   Sometimes   Always  
   All public schools 3.0   53.1   43.9   3.9   45.9   50.2  
                         
School classification                        
Traditional public 2.9   52.5   44.6   3.8   45.6   50.6  
Charter school 3.4   60.8   35.8   5.2   49.2   45.6  
                         
Community type                        
City 3.0   50.9   46.0   4.2   42.8   53.0  
Suburban 3.1   53.4   43.5   4.0   47.6   48.4  
Town 2.2   55.4   42.4   4.2   44.9   50.9  
Rural 3.0   53.8   43.1   3.2   47.6   49.2  
                         
School level                        
Primary 2.4   51.3   46.3   4.2   43.9   51.9  
Middle 3.5   52.5   43.9   2.4   47.9   49.7  
High 3.7   56.4   40.0   4.0   48.0   48.0  
Combined 3.9   58.1   38.0   4.4   50.3   45.3  
                         
Student enrollment                        
Less than 200 4.7   54.2   41.1   4.4   48.0   47.6  
200–499 2.7   53.3   44.0   3.4   46.8   49.8  
500–749 2.6   52.5   45.0   4.7   43.0   52.3  
750–999 3.1   50.1   46.8   3.7   43.7   52.6  
1,000 or more 2.5   55.2   42.3   3.6   48.9   47.6  
                         
Percent of K–12 students who were approved
 for free or reduced–price lunches
                       
0–34 4.0   59.4   36.6   5.0   49.4   45.6  
35–49 3.3   55.5   41.3   5.2   48.1   46.7  
50–74 2.2   51.0   46.8   3.8   44.1   52.1  
75 or more 2.4   48.2   49.4   2.4   43.2   54.3  
                         
Principal total years of experience                        
1 or 2 years 3.1   54.5   42.4   4.3   45.4   50.3  
3–9 years 3.6   52.3   44.0   3.6   46.1   50.3  
10 years or more 1.8   53.3   44.9   4.1   45.9   50.0  
NOTE: Percentages are among those principals who indicated that, during the last school year (2016–17), they participated in any professional development activities as a principal at their current school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), "Public School Principal Data File," 2017–18.