MEPRI Survey Study of Maine School Administrators
Publication Name: Maine Education Policy Research Institute
This report is a continuation of efforts to study school leadership in Maine, specifically how Maine principals perceive their work efforts and effectiveness as educational leaders. The Maine Principal Survey was conducted in 1997, 2001, 2005, and 2011 (Donaldson & Marnik, 2012), and represents previous efforts to understand how educational leaders contribute to the health and success of schools by being instructional leaders, the supports that are needed to be successful managers, and the stressors that are placed on the principalship that contribution to attrition of the position (Donaldson & Marnik, 2012). This research study was commissioned by the Maine State Legislature and conducted by the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) in fall 2021 to update the Maine Principal Survey and provide a more current picture of school leadership. Specifically, this study sought to identify and a) describe current demographic patterns of school administrators and make relative comparisons to national trends, b) understand daily/weekly workload expectations, c) examine job satisfaction and consider the impact of COVID-19, and d) examine available training and supports for principals, the perceived impact as a school administrator, the challenges facing school administrators, and the supports needed to thrive in the profession.
This study was jointly funded by the Maine State Legislature, and the University of Maine System.
Mette, I. & Fairman, J. (2022). MEPRI Survey Study of Maine School Administrators. Maine Education Policy Research Institute. https://mepri.maine.edu/files/2022/08/MEPRI_Survey_Study_of_Maine_School_Administrators_F.pdf