February 5, 2013
Superintendent's Message

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Retaining and inspiring educators is within our control and is happening across our state. As I noted in this op-ed, school and district leaders can ensure that schools are supportive work environments and can provide teachers opportunities for leadership that challenge and invigorate them. In our state, districts are adopting compensation plans in anticipation of the state's April collection of policies that reward great teaching and that honor those educators who take on the greatest challenges. Similarly, schools are creating time for teachers to learn new standards collaboratively and are asking teacher leaders to facilitate that learning. Our most innovative schools are pushing the bounds of what is possible in classrooms through technology that teachers are using to differentiate learning and to plan for student achievement. 

 

This week the state will be releasing a Request for Applications to participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education Network Pilot. The pilots will bring together a consortia of governmental and non-profit partners across early childhood programs - Head Start, LA4, Child Care, and private pre-kindergarten - to unify the fragmented pieces of our system for early learners. Pilot partners will identify children in their areas, expand parent access to all options, assess children's progress, and develop teacher capacity across programs. Ultimately the lessons learned from the pilots statewide will be converted into policies and practices. But just as important, this represents an opportunity to empower educators to lead a profound change for our state. I hope you and partners in your parish or region will consider applying.
 

As always, thank you for all you do for our children.

 

John

 

John White

Louisiana Department of Education

Twitter @LouisianaSupe

 

In This Issue:
District Support

Educator Support Toolbox

 
At the end of the month, the Department will release a classroom support toolbox.  This toolbox will include resources to support teacher goal setting, teacher planning and ongoing teacher reflection and improvement.  The Department also will release a district support toolbox that will provide resources to support planning around the Common Core andCompass.  
 
Prior to the full launch of these tools, the Department is interested in getting as much educator feedback as possible.  Please join one of two webinars scheduled next week to provide your feedback.

 

To join the webinar, follow the instructions below a few minutes before the event's scheduled start time.

 

Wednesday, February 13, 5:00 p.m.

  1. Click this link: 
  2. If prompted, enter the Meeting Key: KQGZCOG5
  3. When prompted, select the participant type: Participant Application (Windows User) or Web Participant (Macintosh User)
  4. Once you have been logged into the event, a window will pop-up to provide you with audio options (i.e. computer-based sound or telephone dial-in information).

If you have not used AT&T Connect before, go to the link below to download and install the participant application before the event. http://uc.att.com/support/download_attc_participant.html

 

To connect with your *TELEPHONE ONLY* (no computer), follow the instructions below.

  

  1. Dial the number of the location closest to you:   
    • US Local:  1-617-231-2724 (Toll Free:  No)
    • US Toll Free:  1-888-621-7121 (Toll Free:  Yes)
  2. When prompted, enter the Event Number:  158674
    • To mute/un-mute your phone, dial *6
    • To learn other telephone commands, dial *9

Thursday, February 14, 5:00 p.m.

 

  1. Click this link: 
  2.  If prompted, enter the Meeting Key: Q4XX2KTS
  3. When prompted, select the participant type: Participant Application (Windows User) or Web Participant (Macintosh User)
  4. Once you have been logged into the event, a window will pop-up to provide you with audio options (i.e. computer-based sound or telephone dial-in information).

 

If you have not used AT&T Connect before, go to the link below to download and install the participant application before the event. http://uc.att.com/support/download_attc_participant.html

 

To connect with your *TELEPHONE ONLY* (no computer), follow the instructions below.

 

  1. Dial the number of the location closest to you:   
    • US Local:  1-617-231-2724 (Toll Free:  No)
    • US Toll Free:  1-888-621-7121 (Toll Free:  Yes)
  2. When prompted, enter the Event Number:  720255
    • To mute/un-mute your phone, dial *6
    • To learn other telephone commands, dial *9   

Compass

Teacher Retirement and Hiring Remains Steady

 

The Department released an analysis last week of teacher hiring, retention, and retirement data over the last three years.  This report shows that retirement within the state has remained steady over the past several years. In the 2009-10 school year, 11 percent of teachers left the classroom; 12 percent left in both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Hiring has also increased statewide.

 

Additionally, this study revealed that the state is retaining and promoting its best teachers. Findings show that among teachers measured through the "value-added" statistical process over the past three years, those who remained in the workforce the following school year were more likely to be "highly effective" than were those who exited (19 percent to 16 percent, respectively). Of the same group measured through the value-added process, those teachers exiting the workforce were more likely to be "ineffective" than those who stayed (12 to 8 percent) respectively. Ensuring that every student has a great educator begins with creating a supportive school that shares information, provides resources for improvement, and fosters collaboration. This data reinforces the work that districts are doing on a daily basis to recruit, reward, and retain the best teachers across the state and the responsibility that school leaders have to foster a positive work environment. 
 

Act 1 Compensation District Spotlight: St. James Parish

 

St. James Parish is finding multiple ways to reward strong results in the classroom.  Beginning next year, all teachers rated highly effective will earn a $500 stipend. Highly effective and effective proficient teachers in subjects with value-added measures will receive an additional $200 stipend, meaning that highly effective teachers in subjects with value-added measures may receive up to a total of $700 for effectiveness.  To recognize the value of experience and commitment to the classroom, the district will also give every teacher rated Effective or higher a $500 base salary increase.  Together, these stipends and salary increases send a strong message to educators that St. James Parish values great teaching.

 

In St. James, a promising first-year teacher in a value-added subject with a starting salary of $47,950 could expect her salary to rise to $48,650 after a year of effective teaching.  With a highly effective rating in her second year, she could expect to be paid $49,550, stipends included.  With two more years of highly effective instruction, this teacher would be earning $52,050 after just four years in the classroom - with enormous potential for future increases in the years to come.  This is the kind of bold plan that puts promising teachers on a fast-track to a higher salary, and rewards talented veterans with the fair pay they deserve for years of honing their craft.

 

Looking ahead, St. James Parish will be testing its model for financial sustainability and developing a plan to share the system with the community. For more information click here. All plans should be submitted by April 1, 2013 for review. Many districts have already requested support from the LDOE's compensation experts and submitted their plans. Remaining districts should email Act1@la.gov in order to submit or request for additional support prior to submitting. 

Compass Webinars for Educators 

 
Many thanks to the more than 1,200 educators who tuned into the live Compass webinars last week. During these presentations, educators and LDOE District Support staff discussed the recently announced enhancements to Compass and how they impact teachers. Recordings from the January 28 and January 31 presentations are available here, under the "For Your Information" header.

 

End of Year Compass Report

 

The end of the first year of Compass implementation will offer educators an opportunity to reflect on successes and areas for ongoing improvement.  Currently, our Compass Information System is designed to provide data to teachers and to principals to support this process.  At the end of this year, the Department will also be sharing key data points on statewide Compass implementation to inform our collective work moving forward.  The report will examine the consistency of observation and goal-setting completion, as well as the alignment between evaluator ratings and student outcome measures within and across districts. No individual teacher, leader or student data will be released in this report, and superintendents will have the opportunity to review and verify data, as well as the report itself, before it is released publicly.

 

To support districts in tracking these metrics leading up to the end of the year, a new Compass Dashboard report will be made available through the Compass Information System (HCIS). This report will provide districts with leading indicators that will help them track the progress of Compass implementation in their schools and identify areas in which greater support may be needed before the end of the year. More information on the Compass Dashboard report will be provided later this month.


 
Assessment
 

Webinar on LAA 1 and LAA 2 Participation and ACT Accommodations

Please forward to special education coordinators, high school principals, and diagnosticians.

 

In response to last week's FAQ and addendum, which explained LAA 1 eligibility and ACT participation rules, the LDOE is offering two webinars (February 7, 2013, from 2:00-3:00pm and February 13, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm) in order to provide further information and clarifications.  We will also provide additional guidance ensuring that students receive the appropriate accommodations for ACT participation. For questions, please contact Bernadette Morris at bernadette.morris@la.gov.

 

To join the webinar follow the instructions below a few minutes before the event's scheduled start time.

 

Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 2:00-3:00pm

  1. Click this link: https://ldoe.uc.att.com/la/meet/?ExEventID=GBJZQC&MeetingKey=KQGZCOG5&UserExtEventID=469456
  2. If prompted, enter the Meeting Key: KQGZCOG5
  3. When prompted, select the participant type: Participant Application (Windows User) or Web Participant (Macintosh User)
  4. Once you have been logged into the event, a window will pop-up to provide you with audio options (i.e. computer-based sound or telephone dial-in information).

If you have not used AT&T Connect before, go to the link below to download and install the participant application before the event. http://uc.att.com/support/download_attc_participant.html

 

To connect with your *TELEPHONE ONLY* (no computer), follow the instructions below. 

  1. Dial the number of the location closest to you:   
    • US Local:  1-617-231-2724 (Toll Free:  No)
    • US Toll Free:  1-888-621-7121 (Toll Free:  Yes)
  2. When prompted, enter the Event Number:  282100
    • To mute/un-mute your phone, dial *6
    • To learn other telephone commands, dial *9

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm

  1. Click this link: https://ldoe.uc.att.com/la/meet/?ExEventID=64UEWK&MeetingKey=9WMP5HNX&UserExtEventID=282100
  2. If prompted, enter the Meeting Key: 9WMP5HNX
  3. When prompted, select the participant type: Participant Application (Windows User) or Web Participant (Macintosh User) 
  4. Once you have been logged into the event, a window will pop-up to provide you with audio options (i.e. computer-based sound or telephone dial-in information).

If you have not used AT&T Connect before, go to the link below to download and install the participant application before the event. http://uc.att.com/support/download_attc_participant.html 

 

To connect with your *TELEPHONE ONLY* (no computer), follow the instructions below. 

  1. Dial the number of the location closest to you:   
    • US Local:  1-617-231-2724 (Toll Free:  No)
    • US Toll Free:  1-888-621-7121 (Toll Free:  Yes)
  2. When prompted, enter the Event Number:  46945
    • To mute/un-mute your phone, dial *6
    • To learn other telephone commands, dial *9

 

Test Security Webinar

Please forward to District Test Coordinators and Principals.

 

The LDOE is offering a Test Security Webinar on February 14, 2013, from 10:00-11:00 am.  The focus of the webinar is on test security policies and procedures to assist schools in preparing for statewide assessments. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Lightbourne at leslie.lightbourne@la.gov

To join the webinar, follow the instructions below.    

  1. Click this link a few minutes before the event's scheduled start time.
  2. If prompted, enter the 3. When prompted, select the participant type: Participant Application (Windows User) or Web Participant (Macintosh User)
  3. Once you have been logged into the event, a window will pop-up to provide you with audio options (i.e. computer-based sound or telephone dial-in information).

If you have not used AT&T Connect before, go to the link below to download and install the participant application before the event. http://uc.att.com/support/download_attc_participant.html

 

To connect with your *TELEPHONE ONLY* (no computer), follow the instructions below.

 

  1. Dial the number of the location closest to you:   
    • US Local:  1-617-231-2724 (Toll Free:  No)
    • US Toll Free:  1-888-621-7121 (Toll Free:  Yes)
  2. When prompted, enter the Event Number:  809235
    • To mute/un-mute your phone, dial *6
    • To learn other telephone commands, dial *9

 

Resources for Advanced Placement (AP) Coordinators

 

Newly released AP updates include a variety of resources currently available for AP coordinators and/or teachers which include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • 2013-14 AP Course Revisions
  • 2013 AP Fellow Scholarship Information
  • AP Consultant Application
  • Free online training for AP Coordinators
  • Free AP Practice Exams
  • New online Professional Development for AP Biology

 

The attached flyer below provides additional details regarding the resources above and additional upcoming events.

  

The new cohort graduation index recognizes a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP exam or an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam of 4 or higher as the highest level of achievement earned by a cohort graduate. Each student with at least one AP score of 3 or higher or an IB exam of 4 or higher will earn the maximum 150 points toward the graduation index. Students who take an AP or an IB course and earn a 1 or 2 on an AP exam or a 1, 2, or 3 on an IB exam receive 110 points toward the graduation index.

 

Attachment 1: AP Resources 2013.pdf
   
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) 2013 Exam Fee Reimbursement

 

With funding from the USDOE AP Test Fee Program, the LDOE will reimburse $53 for each 2013 AP exam taken by students enrolled in both public and BESE approved non-public schools that meet the definition of low-income. The LDOE will also reimburse $89 for each 2013 AP exam taken in a course offered for the first time in a Louisiana public school.

In addition, for each new IB course offering in 2012-2013, the LDOE will reimburse $104 for that course exam. The LDOE will also reimburse the one time registration fee of $151 for each Louisiana public school student who registered for a 2012-13 IBŪ program. Funds are limited and will be available until they are completely allocated.

To apply, please complete the attached AP or IB Exam Fee Reimbursement Packet and return it electronically toTristen.guillory@la.gov by March 4, 2013. 

A webinar providing information on the AP/IB Exam Fee reimbursement process is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.  
  • Click here to join the meeting.
  • Meeting key (if prompted): 2LCT232O
  • Toll Free: 1-888-621-7121
  • Event Number: 240389 

The new cohort graduation index recognizes a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP exam or an IB exam of 4 or higher as the highest level of achievement earned by a cohort graduate. Each student with at least one AP score of 3 or higher or an IB exam of 4 or higher will earn the maximum 150 points toward the graduation index. Students who take an AP or an IB course and earn a 1 or 2 on an AP exam or a 1, 2, or 3 on an IB exam receive 110 points toward the graduation index.

 

Attachment 1: 2013 AP Exam Reimbursement

Attachment 2: 2013 IB Exam Reimbursement

 

 
School and Course Choice

Call for Quality Schools

 

Last week, the Department released the 2012 Call for Quality Options, an initiative which focuses on providing high-quality educational options for all kids in Louisiana. The Call consists of two components: (1) an information center, and (2) an application process for BESE authorized charter schools and for local charter authorizers.

 

The information center, found here, is updated annually, displays the perceived need for high-quality educational options through both a data dashboard and detailed narratives for each choice option. 

 

The department is also proud to be partnering with the Jefferson, Lafayette, and East Baton Rouge parishes. Through these partnerships, districts are able to maintain high quality authorizing by utilizing the department's charter application review process while still retaining the right to make authorizing decisions. This simultaneously reduces costs for districts while ensuring a high quality review process. Districts interested in finding out more about 2014 partnerships should email rfa@la.gov.


 
Finance

The Cecil J. Picard LA4 Early Childhood Program

Please forward to District Coordinators for the LA4 Program, Business Managers and Financial Officials of Public School Districts and Charter Schools.

 

Attached are revised allocations to the FY 2012-13 Cecil J. Picard LA4 Early Childhood Program. This reallocation has occurred for two reasons: 1) to adjust for participation levels based on the October count and 2) to adjust for a state-level swap in the means of financing the program.

 

Please complete and submit the attached budget revision documents to reflect your revised allocations no later than Friday, February 21, 2013 to doestatebudgetsrevisions@la.gov. Revised grant award notifications will be available in the Grant Award Program (GAP) system by close of business on Friday, February 8, 2013. Should you have questions regarding this information, please contact Rashaunda Matthews at rashaunda.matthews@la.gov or 225-342-3784.

 

Attachment 1: LA4 Revised Allocation Memo

Attachment 2: FY2013 LA4 Budget Forms

Attachment 3: LA4 Revised Allocations

 

 
Technology

Technology Readiness Footprint

 

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is committed to supporting its schools and districts in their efforts to become technology ready. The department has created a second edition of Louisiana Believes: Louisiana's Technology Footprint to serve as a tool for LEAs and schools to analyze their current technology readiness status. The LDOE will also offer follow-up support to districts to enhance technology devices, infrastructure, and bandwidth. Final versions of the January 2013 district footprint documents can be downloaded at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/data/footprint/

 

 

Technology Purchasing Contracts

 

Districts and schools in Louisiana can now enjoy special pricing and discounts on a wide range of technology devices, services, software and networking products to improve their technology footprint.  The department has negotiated a wide range of contracts that offer districts discounts of up to $450 and Windows OS upgrades to Windows 7 or Windows 8 FREE of charge.  Districts will have access to reduced priced technology services and support, as well as new guidance and models for wireless networking and service options for iPads.  For a complete list of these technology products and contracts click here

For more information, contact Carol Mosley at carol.mosley@la.gov.

Policy

 

Increased Flexibility for Districts and Schools 

 

Bulletin 741 Changes Explained  

 

Each week the Department will spotlight an example of how the revisions to Bulletin 741, Handbook for School Administrators, can be or is being used to refocus district policies and practices on student achievement. To share examples of how your district is planning to take advantage of this new flexibility, please email Gary.Jones@la.gov. Click here to read a summary of the approved changes and please share this with your principals.  

 

Tip of the Week: The revisions removed a significant portion of the requirements for the organization and management of summer schools. Districts no longer need approval from the state for their summer school program and there will not be an LDE 2013 summer school application. Please note that this does not effect the 50 hours of LEAP remediation or the required retest opportunities. Those policies can be found in Bulletin 1566, Pupil Progression Policies and Procedures.

 

Implementation: The changes in the bulletin around Sections 2501 and 2503 (Elementary and Secondary Summer Schools) allow a district to implement local solutions to remove deficiencies, offer promotional opportunities, and provide new learning opportunities. Previously, students at secondary summer schools were held to a required number of instructional hours for credit that depended on whether they were taking the course for the first time or repeating. To align with the new Carnegie credit flexibility policy, the hourly requirement has been removed and students may earn credit when they are able to demonstrate proficiency. If a district chooses to implement a seat time requirement in addition, they have that flexibility. Districts can think creatively and combine this flexibility to design coursework around an individual student's needs.  No longer is the "one size fits all" approach necessary.

Data
 
End of Course Roster Verifications
Please forward to SIS Coordinators, District Test Coordinators and Accountability Coordinators. 

 

We are currently working to improve our EOC roster process based on feedback from Fall 2012 Roster verifications. In the past, many of you have submitted files directly to Pacific Metrics in order to provide more up-to-date information for EOC testing.  This year, we ask that you not submit this information directly to Pacific Metrics, but that you coordinate with your SIS data coordinator to submit the file via the FTP site that has been established for file transfer between the Department and your data coordinator. 

 

Please submit the file by Friday, February 8th.  Click here to see the file layout.  If you have any questions regarding file layout, submission or FTP site access, please contact Rima Duhon at Rima.Duhon@la.gov

 

Scholarship Program Guidance

 

For guidance regarding coding scholarship students during this collection period, please log into Blackboard, go to Documents/SIS and review the PP3 Scholarship Guidance.   If you have any additional questions, please also be sure to review our discussion thread regarding this processing period.  This thread has been posted to specifically resolve common scholarship data questions.  

 

Webinar for SER/SIS Crosscheck and MFP Count 

 

The webinar is scheduled for February 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm. To join the iMeeting, follow the instructions below. 

 

  1. If prompted, enter the Meeting Key: 25ET03D7
  2. When prompted, select the participant type: Participant Application (Windows User) or Web Participant (Macintosh User)
  3. Once you have been logged into the event, a window will pop-up to provide you with audio options (i.e. computer-based sound or telephone dial-in information).

 

If you have not used AT&T Connect before, go to the link below to download and install the participant application before the event. http://uc.att.com/support/download_attc_participant.html 

 

Contact Susan Kaufman at susan.kaufman@la.gov if you have any questions concerning the SER/SIS Crosscheck Webinar. 

 

 

Other

Health and Physical Education and Vending Survey

 

The Louisiana Department of Education's Office of Student Programs needs your assistance in completing the annual health and physical education survey. As part of Revised Statute 17:17.4 and Senate Resolution 146, the Department of Education is required to monitor and evaluate health and physical education and vending machine activities in school districts and provide an annual report to the Louisiana Legislature. Your participation in this survey is critical in providing quality, accurate data to the Senate and House Committees on Health and Welfare. It is important to note that data is analyzed and disseminated collectively and not by individual district. Although you may collect information from other staff in your district, please have only one person complete the survey. Please complete the survey here by February 22, 2013.


 

Education In The News

 

Group ranks Louisiana No. 6 in strength of charter schools

 

Louisiana receives B- for education policy

 

Louisiana praised as national leader in charter school law

 

Group lauds La. charter schools

 

BESE to tour state public schools

 

There is no exodus of teachers from schools

 

BESE schools tour kicks off in Caddo, Bossier parishes

 

 

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State Superintendent of Education
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