July 10, 2013


In this issue of Ed-Connect, find information outlining plans to strengthen career diplomas in our state. You will also find guidance to assist you as you plan for instructional content for the upcoming school year. Additionally you will find updated resources on the end-of-year Compass evaluation process.



Strengthening Louisiana's DiplomaDiploma


Superintendent White recently completed a statewide tour to discuss plans to strengthen the career diploma. If you were unable to attend the meeting in your area, recordings of the meetings at South Louisiana Community College and Baton Rouge Community College are available by clicking on the links, or please click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting.


Using the guidance participants provided during the tour, in September the Department will release a blueprint for a new approach to diplomas and career education. The Department will then hold meetings again this fall in every region of the state to discuss the blueprint and to consider in greater depth each region's approach to joining our schools, our colleges and industry in one system of career education.


2013-2014 Instructional Support Tools (Science and Social Studies Included) future


In order for students to achieve on new, more rigorous standards, teachers should be empowered to make choices for themselves as to how and what students learn. Rather than being told to simply follow a Comprehensive Curriculum, teachers statewide are planning curriculum and assessments based on expectations for what students will learn. For guidance on the ELA and math standards shifts refer to the "Standards" tab in the Classroom Support Toolbox.The following resources have been released to support teachers' instructional choices:  


Final Compass Processcompassdata


School districts and school administrators are completing their Compass processes. Last week and through July 22nd, districts are sharing Compass data through the Compass Information System. The list of dates on which value-added data will be available to educators, along with the name of each district Compass contact, can be found here


The Compass Information System includes detailed, student-level reports on students' actual scores versus expected scores, and data about how teachers performed relative to their colleagues across the state. For more information, see this presentation.


For additional questions please review the Compass End-of-Year Guide to Compass Data and the Compass Process Frequently Asked Questions; or you may always email Compass@la.gov.

Save the Date - Khan Academy WorkshopKhan


Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization that provides over 4,000 online instructional and academic support videos for students, parents, and educators with the goal of providing a world-class education free for anyone, anywhere. Khan is hosting a workshop in New Orleans where teachers will learn how to confidently navigate Khan Academy content, tools, and data while blending content and data to drive personalized instruction in their mathematics classrooms. 


  • Event: Khan Academy Workshop 
  • Date: Wednesday, July 24th
  • Location: UNO/ 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA  70148
  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Apply now: www.khanacademy.org/r/NOLAapp
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