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May 15, 2013

Superintendent's Message


Dear Colleagues:


First, I want to offer congratulations as the year closes. I know most of you have packed nightly schedules with graduation ceremonies and award banquets. As stressful as it can be, it's also a very gratifying time. Please enjoy it. 


In the next two weeks, the Department will release LEAP, iLEAP, and ACT outcomes. Please be on the lookout for emails from me that provide you advance notice of the information.


Please also make sure to review timelines for Compass submission and outcomes. As a result of your feedback, we will be pushing back the deadline for final submission of ratings in the Compass Information System by two weeks to July 29. 


The work at hand over the summer could not be more critical. Our network teams are preparing to establish priorities in our four instructional focus areas, focusing on feedback on classroom practice and collaboration starting with student work. Your principals and Teacher Leaders are using the Classroom Support Toolbox to plan curriculum and assessment for next school year, in accordance with new standards for student learning. Teachers are pursuing summer professional development opportunities such as Literacy by Design, Laying the Foundation, Advanced Placement and the second Teacher Leader summit, to equip themselves with Common Core skills. 


These preparations ensure that we are ready for August, not just to start school, but to start learning on a level playing field with every state, school, and classroom in America. 


In this time of celebration, enjoy the fruits of your important labors. 


As always, thanks for all you do for our children,




John White

Louisiana Department of Education

Twitter @LouisianaSupe

In This Issue:

Roster Verification


The deadline for principals to verify rosters is this Friday, May 17th. By verifying each school's roster, administrators are ensuring that each teacher who is to receive a value added score has the correct list of students assigned to her. 


The deadline for teachers to verify their rosters was last Friday. If teachers at your school have not verified their rosters, administrators are able to make the necessary changes for them.


If you believe one of your teachers should not receive value-added data because they have missed 60+ days of school or had other extenuating circumstances, please submit a request to have that teacher's value-added data invalidated. This request should be submitted by a district representative in the Compass Information System by May 31, 2013. In the meantime, please still verify rosters for these teachers. More information can be found in the 
Guidance for Districts on Managing Extenuating Circumstances.


Please contact compass@la.gov with any questions.


Final Evaluation Resources


Over the last month, the Department has released a number of resources to help guide districts through the end-of-year Compass process. The table below outlines the key actions districts will take in the coming weeks to ensure all teachers and leaders receive actionable, accurate final evaluations.Timeline


Upcoming Compass Milestones


Verify student rosters in CVR for value-added teachers (teachers and principals)

Deadline for Teachers: May 10

Deadline for Leaders: May 17

*Please note that this deadline was extended by 1 week

Submit value-added invalidation requests to LDOE for any teacher who qualifies (district leader)

Functionality Available: May 7

Deadline: May 31

Submit final evaluation data in CIS (evaluators)

Functionality Available: May 9

Deadline: July 15

Facilitate end-of-year conversations  (evaluators)

Start/End: Districts and schools develop timeline

Review value-added data and submit evaluations for these teachers (evaluators)

Available: Week of June 24

*Please note that this date was updated

Ensure all data is entered into CIS before it closes for SY12-13 (school and district leaders)

Deadline: July 15

Review Compass Final Report (all)

Released: August



In order to ensure educators have all of the resources they need to complete these actions, we are recapping all of the materials we've previously released.


Resources for districts: 

Resources for Teachers:

All resources are available in the District and Teacher Support Toolboxes, along with additional resources to use when planning for the upcoming school year.


Compass Summer 2013 Evaluator Trainings


Summer 2013 Compass Evaluator Trainings for new evaluators of teachers and new evaluators of leaders have been scheduled. While participants are encouraged to attend sessions with participants from their own LEA, this is not required. Trainings will be held around the state. 


Participants must register on Coursewhere. Click here for Teacher Evaluators and here for Leader Evaluators. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact your Network Leader.


Reminder: Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration


Registration for the 7th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium, on Friday, July 12, 2013 is now open. 

Join us as we honor the 2014 Louisiana Teacher and Principal of the Year finalists. The event includes: 

  • Luncheon hosted by Dream Teachers featuring Ron Clark, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Ron Clark Academies.
  • Common Core-centered professional development workshops led by Louisiana Teacher Leaders.  
  • Awards ceremony and dinner to honor the state's top educators and announce the 2014 Teacher and Principal of the Year. Click here for more information or contact excellenteducators@la.gov.
District Support

Certification Training for CTE Instructors


Please forward to all Career and Technical Education (CTE) supervisors, high school principals and CTE teachers. The Louisiana Department of Education has compiled a guide of Industry Based Certification (IBC) training providers for Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers. See the attachment below.


Additionally, the following summer professional development opportunities are available for CTE teachers needing to take the Career and Technical Trade and Industrial Education (CTTIE) new instructor course. The course will be offered by the following providers.

  • Calcasieu Parish: Contact Mr. Roger Creel at roger.creel@cpsb.org(Cost: $100)
  • The Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE): Visit their website at www.lrce.org or contact Ms. Jaime Finane by e-mail at jaimef@lrce.org(Cost: $350 + $65 application fee)
  • IteachLOUISIANA: Visit their website. (Cost: $4,250)

IBC Teacher Trainings

Assessment and Accountability

Spring 2013 Assessment Results 


Please forward to district superintendents, district test coordinators, school test coordinators and principals. As a reminder, LEAP, iLEA, and LAA 2 results wlil be released on May 17th via LEAPweb.  A recorded, iTunes-U webinar explaining how to interpret LEAP/iLEAP results is available at the bottom of this page


Also, a recorded webinar explaining how to interpret ACT series reports will be available here on the ACT Louisiana State Testing Site.  


If you have questions, please e-mail Susan Yuan at susan.yuan@la.gov.  


DRC Online Clean-up System 


Please forward to accountability contacts and district test coordinators. The DRC online cleanup system allows schools and districts an opportunity to review and correct impending zeros and demographic errors from hand-coded documents used during the administration of LEAP, iLEAP, LAA 1 and LAA 2. The system is available beginning Friday, May 17th and ending Thursday, May 23. The availability of this system cannot be extended.


To access the online system, users should log into the password-protected LEAPweb section of the Louisiana Department of Education website, found hereNOTE: There will be one final review of test data during the August data certification process.


Please refer questions to Jennifer Baird at jennifer.baird@la.gov. 

2013 Fall College Board Counselor Workshops


In order to assist teachers in preparing students for college and careers with the latest College Board program developments, tools and resources, the College Board will offer a series of 2013 fall counselor workshops. These free workshops offer an opportunity to network with colleagues, share best practices and more. To register go click here.


For additional information, please e-mail tristen.guillory@la.gov, or call at 225-219-0454.


Guidance for Raising Student Academic Achievementfourareas


As districts plan for the coming school year, the Department is focused on supporting districts to flexibly align federal funds to the needs of students. As such, the Department is providing a set of resources to support districts in building the plan for student support and realizing additional flexibilties. 

  1. Programmatic Support Structure: One point of contact per district for IDEA and NCLB planning
  2. Unified Application: Consolidation of 23 grant application into one system
  3. Fiscal Flexibility: Allows districts to use federal and state funds to support your district's plan to increase student achievement
  4. Coordinated Monitoring: Aligns all monitoring activities to one monitoring cycle per district per year 

Empowering Educators: Planning for Success

This webinar will serve as an overview of all four components of our support system.

  • Wednesday, May 15th 10-11 am

Unified Application: Creating the Plan 

This webinar will focus on the specifics of the unified application. 

  • Thursday, May 16th 1-2 pm

Webinar login information below:

  • Click here to log in.
  • Toll-Free Number: 888-204-5984 / Meeting Access Code: 1154970#
2012-13 Early Graduates


Students who entered 9th grade for the first time in the 2010-11 school year or later are subject to the EOC, not the GEE requirements. This change in STS will not be in place until next year; however, this will not be in time for early graduates. Therefore, it is crucial that until edits are made in STS, schools enter these students as having passed the GEE (Passed GEE Flag). The official transcript and extracts for BOR will reflect that all necessary requirements have been met for these early graduates.


USDA Notification Regarding Summer Expansion Promotion to Schools    


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) operates summer meal programs to help ensure children do not go hungry in your community this summer. The USDA and the U.S. Department of Education would like to notify LEAs of the summer expansion promotion to schools.


Families Helping Families IEP Participation


The Department has received questions about the participation of Families Helping Families representatives in IEP meetings. These representatives can participate in IEP meetings upon parent request. LDOE recognizes that some parents may need additional support to navigate the IEP process, and FHF centers are available to assist those parents throughout the process.  


If you have any questions, contact Corrie Manieri by email at corrie.manieri@la.gov.


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State Superintendent of Education
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