Eighty-two percent of public school principals in 2015-16 were in the
same school the following year, 6 percent moved to a different school
and 10 percent left the profession. An additional 2 percent of
principals were from schools that reported the principal had left, but
the school was unable to report the current occupational status of the
The National Center for Education Statistics released a new First Look report today [July 31] entitled Principal Attrition and Mobility: Results From the 2016–17 Principal Follow-up Survey.
This report presents selected findings from the Public School Principal Status Data File of the 2016–17 Principal Follow-up Survey (PFS). The PFS is a nationally representative sample survey of public K–12 schools in the 50 states and District of Columbia and was initiated to inform discussions and decisions regarding principal attrition and mobility.