Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Key Findings from the KASB Superintendents Survey Report

KASB recently released the 2016 KASB Superintendent Survey Annual Report, which provides information reported by Kansas public school districts to the Kansas Association of School Boards related to the demographics, contracts, and salary and benefits of their superintendents from the 1995-96 school year through the 2015-16 school year. Over 90 percent of districts responded each year, with responses for many years nearing 100 percent.


The KASB Superintendent Survey changed format beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The report presents the data in the new format, and utilizes data formerly collected via the Administrators Survey.  
Below are some of the key findings from the report.  From 1995-96 (or earliest available year) to 2015-16:


  • The percent of districts with female superintendents has more than tripled (from 5% to 16%).
  • The average age for superintendents has consistently been over 50, but has shown a slight decrease since 2013-14.
  • The percent of districts reporting they had an interim superintendent went from 3.5% in 2010-11 to 2.9% in 2015-16.
  • The percent of districts reporting they had a superintendent who was KPERS retired went from 9.1% in 2011-12 to 11.4% in 2015-16.
  • The average number of years as a superintendent in any district has remained between 8 and 10 years, and the average number of years as a superintendent in the current district has remained between 4 and 6 years.
  • The average for total years in superintendents’ current contracts has remained very consistent at 2 years.
  • The average number of days in superintendents’ contracts has increased from approximately 255 days in 2006-07 to 272 in 2015-16.
  • Average superintendent salaries have increased from approximately $67,000 in 1995-16 to $103,000 in 2015-16, with an average annual increase of 2.2%.
  • Average board paid fringe benefits for superintendents have increased from $3,200 to $10,600, with an average annual increase of 6.4%.
  • Average salaries for female superintendents have been consistently higher than average salaries for male superintendents.
  • The increase in the average salary plus benefits for the smallest districts was from $60,000 to $97,000, with an average annual increase of 2.3%.
  • The increase in the average salary plus benefits for the largest districts was from $110,000 to $188,000, with an average annual increase of 2.8%.
  • Per pupil spending on superintendent salaries went from $138 per pupil in 1995-96 to $220 in 2015-16 overall, with smaller districts seeing larger per pupil amounts and smaller average annual increases than larger districts.
  • The percent of districts indicating their superintendent had a Bachelor’s degree increased from 89.2% in 2007-08 to 96.7% in 2015-16.
  • The percent of districts indicating their superintendent had a Master’s degree increased from 87.5% in 1999-00 to 95.9% in 2015-16.
  • The percent of districts indicating their superintendent had a Doctorate or Specialist degree decreased from 29.9% and 30.3% to 19.2% and 17.1%.
  • Across degrees, the percent of superintendents coming from Kansas postsecondary institutions has increased from an average around 70% in 1999-00 to around 85% in 2015-16.


In addition to the report, KASB released the following data resources, which allow users to drill down and filter by district, KASB Region, KSHSAA Class, KNEA Uniserv, High School League, and other factors:
  • Two Excel workbooks containing data for all years, the first containing information on superintendent demographics, contracts, salary, and benefits, and the other containing information on degrees and postsecondary institutions.
  • Two Interactive Tableau Tools with all available data, the first containing information on superintendent demographics, contracts, salary, and benefits, and the other containing information on degrees and postsecondary institutions.

These resources are made available to members only, and can be found at https://kasbresearch.org/member-data/.  If you need the password to access the members-only data page, or have questions on the report or the data, contact research@kasb.org.    

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