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Updated March 16, 1998

Oregon - In 1987 the Oregon Legislature required the Oregon State Department of Education to began the Oregon Beginning Teacher Support Program. This new program required that new teachers must receive the support of a mentor. It placed the emphasis for work with new teachers on support, service, and assistance, not on assessment. The State Department of Education provides mentor training workshops that ensure that mentors know their role, how to provide instructional assistance, specific strategies for working with and supporting new teachers. In addition to the mentoring support, during their first three years, new teachers were to be evaluated by administrators each year. During the first year teachers were observed three times and in the remaining years, twice each year.

In the 1987-88 school year the state funded some pilot programs. This support allowed the development of Beginning Teacher Support Programs in 55 local Oklahoma school districts.

During the two years of 1989 and 1990 the state provided $3.9 million to support the program pilots, so the original pilots received on-going support for their work, and the BTSP was expanded to include additional program pilots.

The next funding appropriation, however, was for the two years of 1991-92 and 1992-93 and was at a reduced level, providing $3 million to support the BTSP. The 1991 Beginning Teacher Support Program, for example, was funding mentors sufficient for support of about 700 new teachers each year. District participation is voluntary because there was limited state funding to support the program, but new teacher participation was mandated for staff in any of the pilot districts.

This pattern of state funding was continued, at least through 1995 when another report on the Oregon program still described the state's approach as "supporting pilots through competitive grants".

In 1998 the Oregon program is called the Beginning Teacher Assistance Program (BTAP). The program still provides mentor, but it is specified that mentors have o provide a minimum of 90 hours of support, given during the school day, in the first year for beginning teachers.

Contact the Office of School Improvement, Oregon Dept. of Education, Salem, OR.

If you are aware of incorrect statements in this material OR if you can add authoritative new information concerning mentoring and induction in the various United States, please contact Barry Sweeny with that information. His e-mail is

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