Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require effective induction for all new teachers, with special emphasis on teachers in high-needs schools.
Indiana does not require a mentoring program or any other induction support for its new teachers. Mentoring is no longer a mandatory component of the Indiana Mentoring and Assessment Program (IMAP). If schools choose to match mentors with new educators, the state's Department of Education recommends that the mentor have at least five years of teaching experience and a five-year license.
FAQ's on IMAP 2010 http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/IMAP.htm Professional Educator Licenses Teacher http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T05150/A00040.PDF Indiana Code 20-28-4-11
Ensure that a high-quality mentoring experience is available to all new teachers, especially those in low-performing schools.
Indiana 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.
Set specific parameters.
To ensure that all teachers receive high-quality mentoring, the state should specify how long the program lasts for a new teacher, who selects the mentors 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, Indiana 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.
Indiana recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.