North Carolina Retention DataResearchers at East Carolina University have also been looking into the problem of teacher shortage in North Carolina. Their findings have shown that out of the 115 North Carolina School Systems, 71 systems kept new hires with no experience for a second year. Forty-three systems kept new hires with experience for a second year. Twenty systems kept new hires with lateral entry licensure for a second year. The details of the findings are found in the document "North Carolina Retention Data".
Mentoring and Induction PracticesAnother resource for recruitment and retention of teachers in North Carolina is a study done by Linda S. Brunson, EdD entitled “Mentoring and Induction Practices and Their Influence on New Teacher Retention in Selected Eastern North Carolina School Districts.” One of the conclusions of the study is that the quality of a first teaching experience is more important in retaining new teachers than either the quality of the teacher preparation program or the new teacher’s prior academic program (See Golden LEAF Toolbox Website).