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Percentage of school principals who thought they had a major influence on decisions concerning various activities at their school, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2017–18

  Percentage of school principals who thought they had major influence concerning selected activity Percentage of school
principals who
thought they had
major influence
concerning any of
the listed selected
activities
School type and selected school characteristic Setting performance
standards for
students
  Establishing
curriculum
  Determining the
content of in-service
professional
development
programs for
teachers
  Evaluating teachers   Hiring new
full-time
teachers
  Setting discipline
policy
  Deciding how
their school
budget will be
spent
 
   All schools 72.5   46.8   71.5   93.4   88.1   75.1   60.0   99.0  
                               
All public schools 70.6   40.4   69.1   95.5   88.5   73.0   60.4   99.4  
                               
School classification                              
Traditional public 69.9   38.8   68.2   95.7   88.5   72.8   60.8   99.4  
Charter school 78.4   59.4   80.2   93.4   88.4   75.9   55.7   98.8  
                               
Community type                              
City 70.0   37.5   71.5   94.0   85.8   69.2   61.3   99.1  
Suburban 69.8   31.7   65.7   95.9   88.1   71.0   64.5   99.5  
Town 74.3   48.9   68.2   97.0   90.1   78.1   58.3   99.5  
Rural 70.4   49.9   71.2   95.8   91.1   77.0   55.4   99.5  
                               
School level                              
Primary 70.2   37.6   66.3   96.2   87.3   72.2   62.2   99.5  
Middle 72.2   35.6   70.5   96.3   91.7   75.5   61.4   99.4  
High 71.0   44.1   73.5   93.8   90.6   73.0   59.7   99.2  
Combined 69.8   56.2   74.0   94.0   86.5   74.0   50.4   99.2  
                               
Student enrollment                              
Less than 100 73.5   60.3   71.5   91.6   84.7   80.2   62.9   98.5  
100–199 73.2   51.5   74.4   95.6   88.2   76.3   56.7   99.0  
200–499 70.8   41.6   67.0   96.6   87.3   73.3   56.4   99.4  
500–749 68.9   34.0   68.1   96.0   88.9   71.6   62.1   99.5  
750–999 70.0   34.7   69.3   95.4   90.3   72.9   68.3   99.7  
1,000 or more 70.7   35.2   73.7   92.5   93.2   68.5   65.4   99.5  
                               
Percent of K–12 students who were approved
for free or reduced‑price lunches
                             
0–34 69.6   37.2   69.1   95.9   90.1   75.7   63.4   99.5  
35–49 66.8   41.4   67.3   96.0   91.7   73.9   58.2   99.5  
50–74 71.4   42.7   71.7   95.2   89.0   71.5   59.8   99.6  
75 or more 72.6   40.8   68.1   95.2   85.5   71.4   59.5   99.1  
                               
All private schools 79.4   69.1   80.3   86.0   86.6   82.5   58.4   97.6  
                               
School Classification                              
Catholic 81.4   67.2   85.9   93.5   94.3   86.0   60.0   99.5  
Other religious 78.2   68.7   76.0   82.6   79.8   81.2   53.7   95.9  
Nonsectarian 79.4   71.8   81.7   83.9   89.9   81.2   64.9   98.6  
                               
Community type                              
City 84.1   72.4   85.3   89.1   90.0   85.9   60.0   99.4  
Suburban 84.2   73.9   82.0   89.1   88.7   84.7   58.6   98.5  
Town 81.6   71.4   82.8   91.0   93.0   83.7   58.7   99.8  
Rural 64.0   55.9   67.8   73.3   74.7   73.5   55.4   92.7  
                               
School level                              
Elementary 75.2   64.9   80.3   86.2   86.7   83.5   59.2   96.7  
Secondary 82.4   74.1   81.6   88.8   91.1   79.8   55.5   99.7  
Combined 85.2   74.3   79.8   84.0   83.9   82.1   58.3   98.2  
                               
Student enrollment                              
Less than 100 75.8   68.6   75.1   82.4   81.2   79.7   55.3   95.6  
100–199 78.7   66.4   86.3   90.7   91.3   87.3   60.4   99.1  
200–499 86.1   72.3   84.8   89.6   92.4   84.0   64.9   99.9  
500–749 86.3   71.1   81.4   88.7   90.9   85.0   50.9   100.0  
750 or more 84.2   71.5   83.5   77.8   89.2   79.4   59.9   99.7  
NOTE: Response options included "no influence," "minor influence," "moderate influence," "major influence," and "not applicable." Principals who reported "not applicable" are excluded from the table.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), “Public School Principal and Private School Principal Documentation Data Files,” 2017–18.