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By Sarah D. Sparks — October 06, 2015 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 08, 2015 edition of Education Week as Teachers

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