The University of Texas at Austin College of Education recently released a report — Untapped Talent: An 11-year Analysis of the Texas Superintendent Workforce.
The analysis spans the 2010-2011 to 2020-2021 school years and produced seven key findings describing the health of the state’s superintendent pipeline and how well it reflects state demographics.
The key findings are as follows:
- The Texas superintendent workforce does not reflect the state’s diverse student population, especially among Hispanics.
- The superintendency is slowly becoming more diverse, but the pace of change needs to increase, especially in rural areas.
- Despite some progress, women are still in the minority among superintendents, though they make up a large majority of teachers and principals.
- Women, Black, and Hispanic superintendents are more likely to serve in school districts with the highest amounts of poverty.
- High-poverty districts have the highest rates of superintendent turnover.
- Women, Black, and Hispanic leaders took longer, less direct paths to the superintendency.
- Women in the superintendency made less than men regardless of location, district size, or experience.
For an expanded discussion of the key findings, recommendations, a description of the study’s purpose, research questions, data, and methods, see the report Untapped Talent: An 11-year Analysis of the Texas Superintendent Workforce.
Sarah James joined HR Services in 2019. Prior to that, she worked at a Central Texas school district for 11 years. She is responsible for managing web content, HR Services articles, HRX newsletter, social media accounts, and marketing efforts.
James has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Concordia University Texas in Austin.
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