Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require effective induction for all new teachers, with special emphasis on teachers in high-needs schools.
Oklahoma requires that all new teachers receive mentoring. New teachers must participate in a mentoring program for at least one year, and mentors are assigned soon after commencing of teaching. The principal of each school selects mentors, who must possess at least two years' teaching experience and participate in additional training, and pair them with new teachers; it is expected that they share similar experiences in subject matter. Mentors are compensated.
Oklahoma Statutes 70-6-106.1; 70-6-182 (12); 70-6-195
Require induction strategies that can be successfully implemented, even in poorly managed schools.
To ensure that the experience is meaningful, Oklahoma 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. The state should also mandate a method for performance evaluation.
Oklahoma recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.