The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund), a founding member of The Partnership, conducts an annual Principal Engagement Survey.


510 principals participated in the Principal Engagement Survey between May and July of the 2016-17 school year.


The Fund team designed the survey with input from principals and other partners. The National Business Research Institute (NBRI), a nationally-recognized research organization, administered the survey and helped ensure principal confidentiality.

Who Responded to the Principal Engagement Survey?



The principals who responded represent a diverse group with varying experience in multiple school types and levels across the city.



Years as a Teacher

Years as an Assistant Principal


Principal Respondents by Experience



Principal Respondents by Race and Ethnicity


Principal Respondents by School Level

Principal Respondents by School Type


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While the information shared here is valuable for many purposes, readers are strongly encouraged to talk to principals before taking any next steps. Moreover, individual principal responses do vary, and readers should consider the overall response rate and sample sizes when drawing conclusions.


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