A new report by the Pacific Regional Educational Laboratory under the U.S. Department of Education questions the qualifications of many school principals in CNMI.
The report indicates that only 20 percent of principals within the CNMI met certification requirements set by the school system during the 2007-2008 school year.
The release of the report comes as members of the Board of Education raised concerns about the number of acting principals and vice principals in the school system.
For the CNMI, principals must hold a master's degree with a major in educational administration or related field; a minimum of six years experience.
Principals and vice principals not meeting the standards are held in an acting capacity.
Currently, there are 12 acting principals and eight permanent principals in the school system.