April 17, 2013

In this issue of Ed-Connect, find updated End of-Year Compass resources which will help teachers assess student learning, prepare for End-of-Year Conversations and assist with preparation for the upcoming school year. In addition, please find a summary of recently approved BESE policy changes as well as frequently asked questions regarding data management and security at local and state levels.
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Compass End-of-Year Process Resources 


As we approach the end of the year, teachers and evaluators will evaluate student learning, determine areas of teacher strength and improvement as well as begin planning for the next school year. Over the last couple of weeks, the Department has released several resources to support this end-of-year process:


Please contact compass@la.gov with any questions about these resources or the Compass end-of-year process.

Louisiana Teacher Leaders LTL

This week nearly 2,000 teachers, principals and district staff, representing schools across the state, will meet in Lafayette at the Teacher Leader Kickoff to begin their work together to prepare for the state's transition to more rigorous standards and assessments. This two day event will be followed by training throughout the summer and into the school year. Click here to watch the Teacher Leader Kickoff live, starting Thursday at 10 am and continuing on Friday at 8 am.


Teacher Leaders will focus on: 

  • Resource Awareness: Understanding the shifts Louisiana is making for the 2013-14 school year in Common Core and Compass and understanding all the associated resources.
  • Communication:  Sharing resources and curricular shifts directly and clearly with teachers at their school. 
  • Collaboration: Understanding the essential components of strong collaboration.


Teacher Leaders will be part of an ongoing support network throughout the school year. These meetings, along with the recently launched online Classroom Support Toolboxwill be part of an extensive effort by the Department to provide support for educators as they lead the way in providing the best education possible for students across Louisiana.

Last week, the Department announced that Louisiana's cohort graduation rate increased for the second consecutive year to an all-time high of 72.3 percent. This marks almost a one percentage point increase from last year, a six percentage point increase over the last five years, and over a ten percentage point increase over the last decade. In 2011-2012, districts made great strides towards improving student outcomes. Of the 71 districts across the state, 39 increased the percentage of students graduating in 2012. To see graduation rates by district click here. Congratulations and thanks to educators and school and district staff for their tireless work to improve outcomes for Louisiana's students.


Please click here for a summary of policy changes approved at the April 16th and 17th Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meetings.

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding data management and security at the state and district levels.
Louisiana Department of Education
1201 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

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