What is the statistical breakdown of school principals in the USA in terms of gender, age, and race?

The Dim Bulb

The Occasional Musings of an Educator

by Michael Keany

#25 - March 15, 2023

The brain is capable of performing 10 quadrillion (that’s 10 to the 16th) “calculations,” or synaptic events, per second using only about 15 watts of power. At this rate, a computer as powerful as the human brain would require 1 gigawatt of power. Maybe a dim bulb isn't really as dim as it seems.

The photo at the left is the  Livermore Centennial bulb, the world's longest-burning electric bulb

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What is the statistical breakdown of school principals in the USA in terms of gender, age, and race?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the most recent data on the demographic characteristics of public school principals in the United States is from the 2017-18 school year. Here is a statistical breakdown of school principals in the US based on gender, age, and race/ethnicity:

Gender:

  • Male: 54.9%
  • Female: 45.1%

Age:

  • 30-39 years old: 7.3%
  • 40-49 years old: 27.9%
  • 50-59 years old: 38.4%
  • 60 or older: 26.4%

Race/ethnicity:

  • White, non-Hispanic: 79.3%
  • Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 10.9%
  • Hispanic: 7.2%
  • Asian, non-Hispanic: 1.4%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0.6%
  • Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 0.6%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). Characteristics of Public School Principals in the United States: Results From the 2017–18 National Teacher and Principal Survey. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2019085

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