The state should require effective induction for all new teachers, with special emphasis on teachers in high-needs schools.
West Virginia requires that all beginning teachers receive mentoring. Beginning teachers must be assigned a mentor teacher prior to the start of school and for the first year of employment; the principal may extend this for an additional year if necessary.
Mentors are required to be experienced classroom teachers at the same school, teaching in the same or similar subject and grade level as the beginning teacher. Mentors must observe beginning teachers in the classroom for at least one hour per week during the first half of the school year; mentors may determine that they can reduce observation to one hour every two weeks during the second half of the school year. Beginning teachers and mentors are required to schedule joint planning periods and have weekly meetings to discuss performance. Mentors participate in professional development training, are entitled to release time and receive a stipend of at least $600.
West Virginia recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.