With no mentor, 16% of new teachers quit

Mentoring a first-year teacher halves the attrition rate, according to a National Center for Education Statistics analysis. Overall, nearly 10 percent of new teachers quit after their first year, reports Teacher Beat.  However,  16 percent of first-year teachers who were not assigned a mentor were not teaching the following year, compared to 8 person of teachers with a mentor.

One quarter of new teachers moved to another school in their second year of teaching, NCES reports.

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  1. Great data. I hadn’t seen this. I’ve been writing a lot of pieces about the need for more support– more clinical training, more mentorship, more residency-style years– for new teachers. Great to see some quantitative data on the subject.