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“Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Principals in the United States: Results From the 2015–16 National Teacher and Principal Survey”
By Denisa R. Superville — August 22, 2017 1 min read
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A larger share of charter school principals are black and Hispanic compared to their peers who run traditional public schools, new federal data show.

Among the 90,400 K-12 public school principals in the 2015-16 school year, 78 percent were white, 11 percent were black, and 8 percent were Hispanic. Those and other findings and are drawn from a national survey of teachers and principals that was released by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The full data set is expected to be released in the fall.

For the snapshots, NCES researchers had data about the approximately 7,300 charter school principals and 83,100 regular school principals.

Salaries for traditional school principals averaged $96,400, while charter school principal’s salaries averaged $88,000. Overall, principals in regular public schools had more experience than those in charters.

Among principals, 54 percent were women, 61 percent had a master’s degree and 10 percent held a doctorate.

A version of this article appeared in the August 23, 2017 edition of Education Week as Principals

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