How Principals in Public and Private Schools Used Their Time in 2011-12

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This Statistics in Brief examines the mean percentage of time that principals reported spending on various activities in the 2011–12 school year, both overall and by selected school, staffing, and principal characteristics. Key findings from school year 2011-12 include: (1) Compared to private school principals, public school principals allocated smaller percentages of time to internal administrative tasks and parent interactions and a larger percentage of time to student interactions; (2) Principals in public schools with at least one assistant principal spent a smaller percentage of time on student interactions than their peers in schools with no assistant principals; and (3) In public schools, principals with a bachelor’s degree or less reported spending a smaller percentage of time on curriculum and teaching-related tasks than principals with a higher degree.  More info