Superintendent Survey

Career Information

Highest Degree Received: MA 54.7%; MS 13.7%; Ed.D. 20.3%; Ph.D. 10%

Year: Average=1982; Range=1956-2001

School Attended: ETSU 11%; SFASU 8.4%; UNT 7.9%; TAMU 7.4%; UT 5.6%;

SUL ROSS 4.9%; TT 4.4%; UH 4%; SHSU 3.9%; TARLETON 3.9%; BAYLOR 3.7%

Bachelor's Degree Year: Average=1971; Range=1943-1997

School Attended: ETSU 8.4%; SFASU 5.8%; TAMU 5.6%; SWTSU 5.3%;

SHSU 4.9%; TT 4.2%; UT 4.0%; BAYLOR 3.7%; UNT 3.3%

How long have you been superintendent? Average=8.1 years; Standard Deviation=6.8 years

How long have you been employed by this district? Average=8.5 years; Standard Deviation=9 years

What was your last job before the current one? Superintendent 38.4%;

Principal 27%; Asst. Sup. 17.5%; Administrator 7.7%; Teacher 3.7%;

Other 4.8%

Year of Birth: Average=1948

Please list the professional associations that you belong to: Most frequent responses: 1)TASA 2)AASA 3)ASCD; Modal Number of Organizations to which Superintendents Belong:2

Time Allocation

Think of a typical week as a superintendent. Based on such a week how would your time be divided between internal management/leadership and external relations (e.g., 60%, 30% etc. please add to 100):

%Managing the district: Average=73.31; Standard Deviation=13.8

%Interacting with nondistrict employees (board members, community leaders, state employees, policymakers, etc.): Average=26.58; Standard Deviation=13.7

How frequently do you interact with individuals in the following groups:

 

Daily

More than Once a Week

Weekly

Monthly

Yearly

Never

School board members

14.5%

32.4%

38.4%

13.3%

.4%

.2%

Your principals

67.6%

20.5%

6.8%

.7%

0%

.2%

Local business leaders

4.4%

20.7%

34.7%

31.3%

4.7%

1.4%

Other superintendents

4.0%

23.8%

31.9%

38.5%

.7%

.2%

State legislators

0%

.2%

3.2%

31.7%

59.5%

4.7%

Texas Education Agency

1.4%

5.4%

21.9%

56.7%

12.8%

.2%

(Totals may equal less than 100% due to non-reporting.)

District Facilities/Goals

How would you rate the following in your district:

 

Excellent

Above Average

Average

Below Average

Inadequate

Buildings, labs, etc.

13%

38.2%

30.8%

14.0%

1%

Computer access

33.3%

40.5%

20.1%

4.2%

1.1%

Overall financial support

12.3%

25.7%

42.0%

16.6%

2.6%

State aid

2.5%

16.3%

49.2%

21.5%

10%

Parental involvement

11.7%

27.5%

42.2%

17.2%

.9%

Community support

23.5%

44.0%

27.1%

4.7%

.4%

School board support

57.8%

25.9%

11.7%

2.8%

.9%

(Totals may equal less than 100% due to non-reporting.)

How important do see the following in your district

 

Our Top Priority

Very Important

Important

Modestly Important

Not Important

Student TAAS scores

45.5%

46.8%

6.0%

1.2%

0%

Vocational education

4.0%

54.1%

31.9%

5.3%

2.8%

Bilingual education

4.2%

27.7%

36.6%

19.8%

8.6%

Extracurricular activities

5.6%

45.5%

41.5%

5.3%

1.2%

College-bound students

12.8%

67.1%

16.5%

1.6%

.9%

(Totals may equal less than 100% due to non-reporting.)

When was the district's last bond issue(year)? Mode=1999; Range=1928-2000

Approximately what percentage of voters supported the issue? Average=66.3%; Standard Deviation=18.8

In an average school board election, estimate about how many people vote: Average=908; Standard Deviation=1880

Management Style

The following are the Zeigler management style questions developed specifically for school superintendents. Please mark the response that comes closest to your own view with an X

A superintendent should advocate major changes in school policies

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

37.0%

41.5%

17.2%

1.9%

A superintendent should maintain a neutral stand on any issues on which the community is divided

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

4.6%

24.5%

55.7%

13.5%

A superintendent should offer the board an opinion only when his/her opinion is requested

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

5.6%

9.1%

44.8%

38.9%

A superintendent should assume leadership in shaping school policies

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

79.5%

17.5%

.7%

.9%

A superintendent should act as an administrator and leave policy matters to the board

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

4.4%

15.8%

49.9%

28.5%

A superintendent should advocate policies to which important parts of the community may be hostile

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

5.3%

27.5%

49.0%

12.1%

I give my principals a great deal of discretion in making decisions

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

63.6%

30.1%

1.9%

.5%

I see my role as a change agent

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

37.1%

49.4%

11.0%

1.2%

My role is to deal with pressures for change so that my administrators and teachers can educate our students

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

43.1%

44.1%

8.9%

1.6%

I like to implement consistent policies and procedures in all my schools

strongly agree

tend to agree

tend to disagree

strongly disagree

63.9%

28.5%

4.6%

1.2%

(Totals may equal less than 100% due to non-reporting.)

What do you consider the most important problem facing your district?

Type of Problem

Percent of Respondents Reporting as Among the Most Important

None Reported

6.7%

Other

8.1%

Money

47.5%

Teacher Shortage

11.9%

TAAS Scores

2.5%

Accountability Issues

3.3%

At-Risk Students

2.8%

Other Student Issues

2.8%

Diversity

1.6%

Changing Enrollment

11.0%

Community Relations

3.5%

Facilities

7.4%

Discipline

.5%

Bilingual Education

1.2%

Sex Scandals

.2%