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603 CMR 7.00
Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval Regulations

Most Recently Amended by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: June 27, 2017

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7.12: Standards for Induction Programs for Teachers

Application. All school districts are required to provide an induction program for teachers in their first year of practice. Guidelines based on the following Standards will be provided by the Department.
Standards. All induction programs shall meet the following requirements:
An orientation program for beginning teachers and all other incoming teachers.
Assignment of all beginning teachers to a trained mentor within the first two weeks of teaching.
Assignment of a support team that shall consist of, but not be limited to, the mentor and an administrator qualified to evaluate teachers.
Release time for the mentor and beginning teacher to engage in regular classroom observations and other mentoring activities.
Additional Requirements. All programs shall submit an annual report to the Department that includes information on:
Program activities.
Number and complete list of beginning teachers served.
Number and complete list of trained mentors.
Number of classroom observations made by mentors.
Number of hours that mentors and beginning teachers spend with each other.
Hiring and retention rates for beginning teachers.
Participant satisfaction.
Partnerships developed with other districts, professional associations, and institutions of higher education to support the beginning teacher induction program.

Regulatory Authority:
M.G.L. c. 69, § 1B; c. 69, §§ 1J and 1K, as amended by St. 2010; c. 12, § 3; c. 71, §§ 38G, 38G ½; c. 76, §19.

Last Updated: January 16, 2018
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