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Induction and Mentoring

Annual Induction and Mentoring Report

Building a stable and robust educator workforce starts on Day 1. Learn more about how to best support your educators with the 2018 Statewide Induction and Mentoring Report Download Word Document.

Quality induction represents an essential juncture in an educator's professional trajectory by building upon the skills learned in educator preparation programs and fostering further development and investment in schools and classrooms. Effective induction and mentoring programs improve student achievement, increase new teacher effectiveness and retention, reduce district recruiting costs, and expand teacher leadership opportunities, all of which contribute to a more stable, robust and impactful educator workforce within a district.

Duration of Indution & Mentoring Programs

29% Beginning teacher (less than 3 years of teaching experience)
44% Beginning teacher (less than 2 years of teaching experience)
27% Beginning teacher (less than 1 years of teaching experience or part of a school year)

9% Beginning principal (less than 3 years of administration experience)
23% Beginning principal (less than 2 years of administration experience)
56% Beginning principal (less than 1 year of administration experience or part of a school year)
12% Beginning principal (Not provided administration experience)

The 2018 Statewide Induction and Mentoring Report Download Word Document illustrates how districts around the state support new educators. Based on reports from 291 school districts and educational collaboratives, the 2018 report focuses on supports provided to principals as well as teachers, as well as differences in program structures across higher and lower performing districts.

Report readers can learn about how "ready" new educators are when hired, where districts are targeting induction supports, and how districts can better assess the quality and impact of their induction and mentoring programs on educator quality and retention.

The 2018 report also includes a rich appendix of district-developed resources related to programmatic design, mentor recruitment and selection, strategic planning, mentor/mentee activities, and program assessment and improvement. DESE is deeply appreciative of those who contributed to this important resource.

Visit Induction and Mentoring web page for more information on Induction and Mentoring in Massachusetts.

2019 District Annual Induction and Mentoring Report Submission Window Is Open

On May 31st, the Department sent a link to the online reporting form to each district's and collaborative's designated induction and mentoring contact. If your organization did not receive this email, please ensure that your mentoring and induction contact information is up-to-date. If your district needs to update your induction and mentoring contact, please contact your local directory administrator.

Local Induction and Mentoring Reports are due by Wednesday, July 31st, 2019. Reports are required of traditional school districts, Horace Mann charter schools, and educational collaboratives, and are optional for Commonwealth charter schools.

If you wish to prepare your report responses before using the online form to submit, a Word document with all report items is available below. Please contact with any questions.

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2019 District Annual Induction and Mentoring Report Survey Template
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2019 District Annual Induction and Mentoring Report Survey — Report due by Wednesday, July 31, 2019


The Induction and Mentoring District Report is intended to provide DESE with a broad understanding of the induction and mentoring activities in place to support educators across the Commonwealth. The annual report requirements and components are outlined in 603 CMR 7.12(3).

The goals of the annual report are to:

  1. Encourage district reflection on current induction and mentoring practices so districts may identify strengths and areas for further development;
  2. Provide DESE with data so the agency can identify promising induction and mentoring practices to share across districts and understand areas where the agency can provide additional supports and resources to districts.

To learn about how these requirements differ from before 2015, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

ESE's Use of the Data

DESE intends to aggregate the data from each district and publish a brief annual report to highlight trends in induction and mentoring programs across the state as well as to disseminate promising practices to support districts in learning from one another.

DESE will continue to reflect on the format of the report and data elements included. Please direct any questions, comments, or suggestions to

Archived Reports

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2017 MA Induction and Mentoring Report
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2016 MA Induction and Mentoring Report

Last Updated: May 31, 2019
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