Compass is the state’s educator support and evaluation system. The system is designed to provide all educators with regular, meaningful feedback on their performance and aligned supports to foster continuous improvement.

To develop the evaluation system, the Louisiana Department of Education convened the Advisory Committee on Educator Evaluation, which was comprised of educators, parents and policymakers that provided valuable recommendations.

Under the new system, every teacher and school leader in each public school is evaluated annually using a four-tiered rating – Highly Effective, Effective: Proficient, Effective: Emerging, and Ineffective.  

For teachers, half of the evaluation is based on student growth and half of the evaluation is based on observations by their supervisor using the state’s Compass teacher rubric. In subjects that are tested by a state standardized assessment, student growth on such tests is used to measure student learning.  In subjects that don’t have a state standardized test, targets established by teachers and their evaluators are used to determine student learning.

Half of a school leader’s evaluation is based on student learning targets they establish in collaboration with their evaluators and half is based on observations by their supervisor using the state’s Compass leader rubric. Other evidence is gathered by their LEA-level supervisor or a trained designee through site visits and conferences.

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Key Compass Resources Library

Planning: Goal-Setting Process

Instruction: Feedback + Support

Reflection: Evaluation Results

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