Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Educators who aspire to enter formal school administration are most likely to enter as an assistant principal. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are nearly 17,000 assistant principals in the United States. While there are some career assistant principals, generally, assistant principals are in transition because most are educators who aspire to become principals. A challenge for assistant principals is that they are no longer part of the teaching faculty and they do not yet have full administrative status. During the 1920s, principals of larger schools often selected teachers (usually male) to assist the school principal as a general supervisor and to help with the facility operations of the school. By the 1940s, this individual generally held the title of assistant principal and was primarily concerned with administrative and managerial details of the school. In the twenty-first century, as the role of the school principal has become ...