Top 10 Problems on the Job

Type: Infographic
Topics: Leadership Development, School Administrator Magazine

May 01, 2016

State of the Superintendency
Top Ten Problems

When superintendents were asked to rank the leading problems they were experiencing professionally and personally, their top three responses in AASA’s mid-decade survey were, in order, lack of adequate funding, job stress and time commitment.

Looming behind the top three is an emerging dissatisfaction with the imposition of federal regulations and requirements followed by relationships with school board and staff members.

Little variation was in evidence when their responses were arrayed by district enrollment.


“Study of the American Superintendent: 2015 Mid-Decade Update” published by AASA.

Analysis was constructed by Leslie A. Finnan, Robert S. McCord, Christopher C. Stream, T.C. Mattocks, George G. Petersen and Noelle M. Ellerson.