In Arkansas, a novice teacher is defined as a teacher in their first three (3) years of
teaching. This data is collected by pulling teachers with 0, 1, and 2 years of
experience as reported and certified by districts through the SIS Cycle
This data is used to:
- Produce State, district, and school level Report Cards, which are used to meet state and federal accountability requirements.
- Monitor novice teacher mentoring as required by Standard of Accreditation 4-D.4 and Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-2806.
- Produce the Workforce Stability Index (WSI), which helps inform districts’ recruitment, assignment, development, and retention decisions to ensure students have equitable access to a high-quality teacher workforce.
The attached guidance document has been developed to help districts ensure novice teacher data is
correctly reported to the state.