May 21, 2013

Superintendent's Message


Dear Colleagues:


Many of you have received test scores for your students. Please keep them embargoed until Wednesday of this week at noon, at which time the state will make all results public. Students are making progress, and important changes like early childhood and turning around struggling schools are working. The challenges ahead are also evident in the data, however, as students struggled with more rigorous questions. 


Our state has adopted new academic standards because of the skills gap that separates those who are successful in today's economy with those who struggle. Our students cannot be taught antiquated, limited skills and still be productive in the world of work. 


That skills gap also results of the opportunities we provide young men and women to be educated for the world they will inherit. Too often, our system has a four-year-college-or-bust mentality that has left too many young adults with nothing other than a mound of college debt and a lean resume. If we provide high quality, rigorous career preparation for middle and high school students, we can equip tens of thousands of young Louisianans with skills that ready them for a life in the American middle class.


This week, we will announce a set of conversations to take place this summer, that will focus on revitalizing our state's career diploma pathway. In these discussions, we will propose a common sense way of providing career preparation that will allow for students to take on rigorous learning in high-growth, high-wage employment areas in their junior and senior years. It will bring business, higher education, and school districts together, to end the duplicative workforce development system. And it will give schools credit for high levels of career attainment by their students, just as schools receive today for true four-year-college preparation. 


This is the start of a long process. Contingent on the outcome of discussions this summer, BESE would not consider regulatory changes until the fall. Even then, districts would not be required to change their AOC structures into something more relevant to the workforce until 2016. But for those districts who can capably work with higher education and industry to certify their high school students in high-growth, high-wage careers before this date, we plan for provide a Jump Start option, allowing them to show the way for the rest of the state. We will host a Jump Start webinar June 20.


The college vs. career dichotomy is false. In today's age, both require dynamic, disciplined adults. But the skills gap is real, and it requires us to offer students more opportunities than we are today. I hope you'll join us for the discussions this summer.


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




John White

Louisiana Department of Education

Twitter @LouisianaSupe

In This Issue:

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.


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

*The CVR is now closed for updating rosters

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

Deadline: May 31

Submit final evaluation data in CIS (evaluators)

Deadline: July 29

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 ofJune 24

Deadline: July 29

*Please note that this date was updated 

Review Compass Final Report (all)

Released: September

Please see below for previously released materials and resources.

Resources for districts: 

Resources for Teachers:

In coming weeks, the Department will release additional resources for districts and schools that were unable to utilize the Compass Information System (CIS) earlier this year and still plan to upload evaluation results. The Department will also release additional information about submitting an alternate rubric request for the upcoming year.


All resources are available in the District and Teacher Support Toolboxes. Please contact with questions.


Compass Implementation Report


The Department is again releasing the state-wide Compass Implementation Report that enables districts to review their Compass implementation progress and how it compares to other districts' progress. This week you will also see final evaluation results included. These reports are representative of reports that will be included in the final Compass report that the Department will release in August. The August report will identify districts names whereas our current reports do not yet have this functionality.


Please contact your network data specialist with any questions about the reports.


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   
District Support

Literacy Design Collaborative Cohort 3 Application for Newly Interested Districts
The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a framework for preparing students for college and career by engaging science, social studies and ELA middle and high school students in:
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
  • Building knowledge through content-rich non-fiction
  • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational 

Space is limited to the first 150 participants. Applications must be submitted to Jill Slack at by June 7th. Click here for the application. For information on participant expectations and training dates, click here.  


2013-14 Pupil Progression Plans


The Department has narrowed the requirements of the Pupil Progression Plan, which is a plan required by statute that outlines local policies regarding student placement, promotion, retention, acceleration and remediation in a Pupil Progression Plan. Attached is an updated template for the 2013-14 Pupil Progress Plan. All Pupil Progression Plans should be submitted to the Office of Content by August 30, 2013.


For more information on the Pupil Progression Plan, please e-mail 



2013-14 PPP Template


Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan Development


To better coordinate early childhood care and education in line with Act 3, the Department is working closely with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to prepare the state plan for the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF). Every two years, the state submits a plan for key goals and activities for child care subsidies, licensing and quality improvement initiatives. Local education agencies are invited to review the draft, attend the public hearing and/or provide comments in writing. The public hearing will be Monday, June 10, 2013 - 9:00 a.m. at the DCFS Iberville Building 627 North 4th Street in Baton Rouge. 


If there are any questions, please contact or call 225-342-2125.
School Choice

Districts Impacted by Type 2 Charter Applications


The state received Type 2 charter proposals from fifteen non-profit groups in the 2013 charter school application cycle. Since Type 2 charter schools may enroll students from any school district, district leaders should be aware of schools that intend to enroll students from their district if approved. Click here to find a description of the geographic areas from which all proposed Type 2 charter schools would enroll students.


The state did not receive any applications for virtual charter schools, so students who enroll in a Type 2 charter school in another district will physically travel to that school.


If there are any questions, please email


Minimum Foundation Program for May 2013


Please forward to superintendents and business managers of city/parish school districts, board presidents and business managers of Type 2 and Type 5 charter schools, and business managers and financial officials of state agencies defined as an LEA for these purposes. With the recent court ruling, the MFP formula for FY 2012-13 is now based on the FY 2011-12 MFP formula. The revised FY 2012-13 MFP payments for May and June are contained in the following documents:

If you have any questions regarding this information, contact or call at 225-342-4989.  


Carl Perkins Grant Information Webinar


Please forward to career and technical education supervisors. The Department will host two technical assistance webinars to discuss Carl Perkins grant information. The first webinar is on May 29, 2013 at 9am and will discuss the procedures used to create a Perkins Grant in the Egrant system. The second webinar on May 29, 2013 at 1:30pm will discuss general Perkins regulations and guidelines. If you need information prior to these webinars, please review the instructions on the home page of Egrants titled: "click here for eGMS 2013-2014 Redesign HELP".


Webinar information below:


Wednesday, May 29 at 9:00 a.m and Wednesday, May 29 at 1:30 p.m.

  • Click here to log in.


If you need further information, please email at or call at 225-342-3431. You may also email or call at 225-342-3065. 


The United States Youth Senate Program 
The 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) will  be held in Washington, D.C. March 8-15, 2014.


Begun in 1962 through Senate Resolution, the USSYP is a unique partnership of the United States Senate, the state-level departments of education throughout the country and The Hearst Foundations. The program provides two outstanding students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity with an unparalleled learning experience about the American government, our political processes and public service.


No government funds are utilized for this program; transportation, all additional expenses for the week in Washington and a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship for each delegate is provided by The Hearst Foundations to encourage our brightest students' interest in political leadership. A copy of the 2014 Program Rules and Scholarship Regulation Brochure which gives a more detailed look at the program history, policies and requirements can be found here. Recognizing education budget constraints, the foundation then provides each participating state department of education $1,000.00 to assist with selection costs. 


Education In The News 



Education initiative enlists community input


Common Core ask Students to Think not Recite


Fontainebleau High School senior named top student in Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)


More charter schools coming to New Orleans


House OKs 'union busting' legislation


School shooting legislation heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk


More charter schools coming to New Orleans


Common core standards are important for Louisiana students 




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State Superintendent of Education
(toll-free) 877.453.2721 
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