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Principal survey

Principal Survey:

What are the top three things that keep you from spending more time on instruction?

#1 Paperwork (43 votes)

Principals say they are inundated with paperwork, whether for school programs, to fill teaching positions, to report on student data, to purchase supplies. “I could spend an entire day just working on paperwork, but sometimes you just have to set it aside and prioritize.”

#2 Meetings with parents (26 votes)

“Sometimes, you are the only one, as a principal, that people, like an upset parent, want to talk to.”

#3 Meetings with students, student discipline (22 votes)

Elementary school principals, who have smaller administrative staffs, were more likely than high school principals to spend time on discipline.