The state should require effective induction for all new teachers, with special emphasis on teachers in high-needs schools.
Louisiana no longer requires that all new teachers receive mentoring. The state's LaTAPP program (Louisiana Teacher Assistance and Assessment Program), which mandated mentors for new teachers, was repealed in 2010.
Ensure that a high-quality mentoring experience is available to all new teachers, especially those in low-performing schools.
Louisiana 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, Louisiana 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.
Louisiana was helpful in providing NCTQ with the facts necessary for this analysis. Louisiana noted that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is expected to adopt policy providing regulations around the implementation of the new teacher and leader evaluation system in December 2011, including revised teacher and leader induction programs. This policy will be contained within Bulletin 130 and will be available on the BESE website, following passage by the Board.