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Data Brief: Diversity and Representation in PK-12 Education Administration

The National Education Association strongly believes in the importance of an educator workforce that reflects the diversity of the United States. This belief extends not only to classroom teachers and education support professionals, but also to administrators and other school and district staff.
Published: July 8, 2021

Women held 54.2% of principal positions during the 2015-16 school year according to the National Teacher and Principal Survey (NPTS), a periodic survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Although under-represented for decades, women have had a long history as school principals. It was not until the 2007-08 school year when women (50.3%) first surpassed men (49.7%) in the field.

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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.