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Although longitudinal data tying teacher mentoring to improved retention is still largely lacking, evidence from evaluation of one of the largest statewide programs-- California's Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) system--is promising. Research shows that beginning teacher attrition in school districts operating BTSA programs has dropped to less than 10 percent (Wood, 1999). This is compared to a statewide trend of 50 percent attrition during the first five years of teaching. In one California community, Santa Cruz, evaluation studies show high rates of satisfaction, retention, and success with students among beginning teachers who participate in the district's New Teacher Project (Moir, Gless, and Baron, 1999). Similarly, in Louisiana results of a three-year implementation of the Framework for Inducting, Retaining, and Supporting Teachers.
Hoping to stem the defection of young, effective teachers, Breaux created the Framework for Inducting, Retaining, and Supporting Teachers (FIRST), which reduced the school system's teacher attrition rate by 80 percent. The state went on to adopt FIRST as a model induction program.
Induction Programs Help Keep Better Teachers Educator-author Annette Breaux talks about the Framework for Inducting, Retaining, and Supporting Teachers.