Public School Principals Get High Marks from NJ Residents

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New Jerseyans hold their public school principals in high regard according to a statewide public opinion poll commissioned by the New Jersey Principal and Supervisors Association (NJPSA).

“Principals received high marks from New Jerseyans on important performance criteria-keeping schools safe and secure creating a welcoming school environment and leading the teachers and staff” said Jo Ann Bartoletti executive director of NJPSA. “The public understands that principals lead safe secure and welcoming public schools.

“Residents appreciate that principals have a critical role in the educational quality of their schools” Bartoletti added “A whopping 91% said the performance of the school principal is important for maintaining the quality of their local public schools.”

Frank Palatucci President of NJPSA and principal of Highland Regional High School in Blackwood noting that parents were specifically asked about principals’ performance said “For parents who have had children in school within the last five years the survey revealed that almost three out of four (74%) feel their local public school principal does a good or excellent job in creating a welcoming environment in their school.

“An overwhelming number of these parents-84%–said their school principal does an excellent or good job at keeping their local public school safe and secure.

“Seven in ten (70%) parents said their local school principal does a good or excellent job providing leadership for teachers and staff.”

Representing New Jersey’s public school principals supervisors and other school leaders NJPSA is dedicated to the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning in New Jersey.

The survey was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute who interviewed a random representative sample of 803 adult New Jersey residents by telephone from January 27 to 31 2010. The margin of error for the full sample is +3.5%. The margin of error for results based on the sub-sample of 294 parents is +5.7%. The full survey report is available here.