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Table 1.  Percentage of beginning public school teachers who were assigned a mentor in school year 2007–08, and percentage distribution of beginning public school teachers who reported the extent to which the assigned mentor improved their teaching, by selected school and teacher characteristics: School year 2007–08
 
Among teachers who were assigned a mentor, percent who reported the extent to which the mentor improved their teaching
Selected teacher or school characteristic in 2007–08   Percent of teachers assigned a mentor   Not at all   To a small extent   To a moderate extent   To a great extent  
Total    79.6   11.9   25.3   35.6   27.2  
Age                       
Less than 30 years    80.8   10.4   23.7   36.9   29.0  
30 or more years    76.8     29.5   32.2   22.5  
Grade level                       
Primary/middle   79.2   14.1 ! 23.4   33.5   29.0  
High/combined    80.2   8.5   28.2   38.8   24.4  
Community type                       
City/suburban    79.5   13.3 ! 23.4   36.6   26.6  
Town/rural    79.8   10.1   27.8   34.2   27.9  
Percent of K-12 students who were approved
for free or reduced-price lunches
                     
0-49    82.5   12.7 ! 24.5   33.1   29.7  
50 or more    76.7   11.1 ! 27.0   37.5   24.4  
School did not participate in free or
reduced-price lunch program
  69.1       66.7   19.2 !
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's values.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Data on mentor status were collected during the 2008–09 school year. Cases with missing data are not included in the analysis.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study (BTLS), "First Through Third Wave Preliminary Data File," 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10. For more information about the data file, please go to http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011359.



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