The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is partnering with 16 local education agencies (LEAs), comprising a total of 137 schools, of which 135 are high-need schools to be served by this project. The project aims to expand equitable access to effective educators and increase student achievement in the partner rural LEAs by investing in the grantees' academic support and talent pipeline structures and tools.
Schools & LEAs Served
LDOE's goals include improving formative assessments and goal setting, which are at the heart of Louisiana's educator support and evaluation system, and developing a more robust talent development pipeline, from preservice educators through principals.
To achieve these objectives, LDOE and partner LEAs, along with key external partners, will carry out the following activities: build an aligned assessment and goal-setting system, improve and extend LEA/teacher preparation program partnerships, strengthen and expand a principal fellowship, and, based on demand, design differentiated compensation plans for working in rural areas and for high-level performance.
An advisory group, comprising the project director, the state assistant superintendent of talent, the state assistant superintendent of academic content, LEA superintendents, directors of talent and academics from each LEA, and the LEA and preparation provider Believe and Prepare partnership. Leads from each partnership will meet quarterly, with three of the quarterly meetings organized to include community discussion and learning, along with ongoing fiscal and programmatic oversight.
- Allen Parish
- Assumption Parish
- Caldwell Parish
- Catahoula Parish
- Concordia Parish
- Grant Parish
- J. S. Clark Leadership Academy
- Lincoln Parish
- Morehouse Parish
- Red River Parish
- Richland Parish
- St. Helena Parish
- St. Landry Parish
- Tallulah Carter School
- Tensas Parish
- West Carroll Parish
LDOE will use the grant to make critical improvements to four components of the human capital management system that each play a substantial role in in its performance-based compensation system (PBCS), and extend them to rural LEAs throughout the state.
Compass, LDOE's evaluation system, sits at the heart of Louisiana's PBCS, and is a critical lever for improving student outcomes across the state. LDOE designed the system to ensure that every student receives instruction from an effective teacher, provide for clear performance goals, provide a means for educators to obtain support in developing their instructional skills, establish professional development as an integral part of a professional career in education, and inform workforce decisions. The Compass Information System (CIS), helps to guide targeted support and development for all educators and identify high-performing educators for retention and career progression.
This project will strengthen the robust implementation of the cycle of continuous learning across partner LEAs as follows:
- CIS aggregates rich information on student achievement and educator effectiveness for LDOE, LEA and school leaders to use in defining professional development.
- LEA leaders access robust LDOE and third-party professional development models that are designed according to identified needs.
- LEA leaders use evaluation data to provide professional development and advancement opportunities to principals and identify teacher leaders and master teachers.
- School leaders use Compass data to support teachers to improve instruction.