Rookies, mentors and teacher turnover
Could teacher mentors help stem rampant turnover among young teachers? Maybe, suggests a recent report. It found new teachers who weren't assigned mentors were more likely not to be teaching in the next year or two as peers who were.
Among teachers who began work in 2007-08 and assigned mentors, 8 percent were not teaching the following year and 10 percent were not teaching the year after that, according to the report, which is part of a longitudinal study of new teachers by the National Center for Education Statistics. Among those not assigned mentors, 16 percent were not teaching the following year and 23 percent were not teaching the year after.