Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require effective induction for all new teachers, with special emphasis on teachers in high-needs schools.
Missouri requires that all new teachers receive mentoring. The state mandates that new teachers participate in a mentoring program approved and provided by the local district for two years. State guidelines for developing a successful mentoring program establish the following criteria for mentors: 1) having a minimum of three years of experience and 2) holding a same or similar position of grade/subject area. Both beginning teachers and mentors should have release time for observation and meetings.
5 CSR 80-800.360 (6)(3); 80-850.045
Expand guidelines to include other key areas.
While still leaving districts flexibility, Missouri should articulate minimum guidelines for a high-quality induction experience. The state should set a timeline in which mentors are assigned to all new teachers throughout the state, soon after the commencing of teaching, to offer support during those first critical weeks of school and should mandate methods of performance evaluation. To attract the most qualified participants to the mentor program, guaranteed compensation is also a wise inclusion.
Missouri recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.