Published Online: October 6, 2015
Published in Print: October 7, 2015, as Teachers

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"Career Paths of Beginning Public School Teachers"

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Teachers who started their careers with a mentor were more likely to continue teaching than those who did not, a federal study finds.

The Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study began tracking about 155,600 new teachers in the 2007-08 school year, and three-fourths were still teaching five years later. Early supports seemed to make a difference: Of the teachers who had a mentor in their first year, 80 percent stayed in teaching all five years, 16 percentage points more than the rate for teachers who did not have an early mentor.

Similarly, 8 in 10 teachers who went through an induction program completed five years of teaching, 11 percentage points more than teachers who did not.

Vol. 35, Issue 07, Page 5

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