Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require effective induction for all new teachers, with special emphasis on teachers in high-needs schools.
Kentucky requires that all new teachers receive mentoring. Mentors, who are referred to as "resource teachers," are recommended by local district administration and appointed by the state's Education Professional Standards Board. Mentors are assigned to new teachers for a period of one year and may be extended for a second year if necessary.
Mentors must have completed a minimum of four years of teaching experience, and although similar experience in grade level and subject matter is not required, it is given top priority in the pairing process. In addition to special training, mentors must spend a minimum of 70 hours working with new teachers: 20 of these hours must be in the classroom setting, and the remaining 50 hours should be spent in consultation other than class time or attending assessment meetings. Mentors are entitled "to be paid a reasonable stipend."
Kentucky Revised Statute (K.R.S.) 161.30
Kentucky recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.