2011 Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require effective induction for all new teachers, with special emphasis on teachers in high-needs schools.
Arizona does not require a mentoring program or any other induction support for all of its new teachers. However, the state's Master Teacher Program places accomplished teachers with five or more years of experience in qualifying schools to help with teacher retention. Under this program, master teachers must commit to at least half-time mentoring duties for three years and agree to mentor 15 new teachers with less than two years of experience. To qualify, a site must meet at least two of the following criteria: 60 percent or higher poverty, 25 percent or higher new teacher turnover, 30 percent or higher teacher turnover, any middle or high school labeled as underperforming.
Arizona K12 Center Program http://www.azk12.org/programs.html Arizona's Master Teacher Program http://www.ade.az.gov/asd/hqp/AZMasterTeacherProgram_K12.pdf
Ensure that a high-quality mentoring experience is available to all new teachers, especially those in low-performing schools.
Although Arizona does support mentoring for some teachers, the state should ensure that all new teachers—and especially any teacher in a low-performing school—receive mentoring support, especially in the first critical weeks of school. Arizona should consider expanding its program throughout the state.
Set more specific parameters.
To ensure that all teachers receive high-quality mentoring, the state should specify how long the program lasts for a new teacher and a method of performance evaluation.
Require induction strategies that can be successfully implemented, even in poorly managed schools.
To ensure that the experience is meaningful, Arizona should guarantee that induction includes strategies such as intensive mentoring, seminars appropriate to grade level or subject area and a reduced teaching load and/or frequent release time to observe other teachers.
Arizona recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.