Support From The Start: A 50-State Review of Policies on New Educator Induction and Mentoring

By Liam Goldrick
March 3, 2016

This report, published by the New Teacher Center, details state-by-state policy around support for new teachers. It examines state induction and mentoring program requirements for new teachers and principals, and their mentors. It also looks at state policies on teaching and learning conditions, now a recognized measure of school improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law by President Obama.

The report’s details some key findings and examples of progress such as:

  • Of the 29 states that now require some type of support for new teachers, only 15 require support in teachers’ first and second years.
  • Nine states require support for new teachers for a period longer than two years (usually three years): Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio (four years), and Utah.
  • Only 20 states require mentoring support for all first-year school principals and administrators. Only six states—California, Delaware, Hawaii, Missouri, New Jersey, and Vermont—provide at least two years of support.

The report can be a conversation starter about how to make changes to support new teachers who often struggle. With quality standards, dedicated funding, protected time, and mentor training, states can help school districts provide the induction and mentoring support that new educators, and their students, deserve.

Source Organization: New Teacher Center

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