Compass Annual Report
Last week, the Louisiana Department of Education released the Compass Annual Report, detailing evaluators' ratings in the first year of using the Compass tool. The report contains a discussion of statewide trends in Compass implementation and summary statistics for evaluators' overall ratings and rating by category at the district and school level.
The data yielded by the report provides powerful insight into the trends and contrasts among us. The results show us that, statewide, evaluators' ratings using the Compass tool tend to align with student progress or achievement. For example, of the ten parishes with the highest percentage of teachers rated in the top two levels, seven were in the state's top 25 percent in student progress or student achievement.
The report also provides evidence that establishing a high bar for teaching excellence can be a profound step forward in making gains with students, often those who are hardest to serve. Evaluators in Ascension Parish, East Feliciana Parish, the Recovery School District (RSD) in New Orleans, and St. Bernard Parish, districts where student growth was among the highest in the state, set a high bar for observations, giving teachers room to continue improving their practice. 63 schools statewide ranked among the state's best in student progress while setting the highest bar for classroom observations. Another 18 schools did the same for student learning targets.
By studying how these schools and school systems have achieved what they've achieved, we can set a high bar for excellence in the every classroom in our state.
Click here to view a video of Superintendent White discussing the report and answering questions submitted by teachers. This presentation describes the Compass process and how to interpret the data included in the report as does the infographic on page 3 of the report.