2011 Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require effective induction for all new teachers, with special emphasis on teachers in high-needs schools.
New Hampshire does not require a mentoring program or any other induction support for its new teachers.
Ensure that a high-quality mentoring experience is available to all new teachers, especially those in low-performing schools.
New Hampshire 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, New Hampshire 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.
New Hampshire recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. New Hampshire also noted that the state's task force on teaching effectiveness will issue recommendations in its upcoming report. The report will be delivered to the State Board of Education and the Professional Standards Board for policy recommendations.