Iberville teachers show improvement in state rankings

PLAQUEMINE — Iberville Parish public school teachers showed the highest improvement rate last school year in the state’s recent Compass Final Report, system administrators said Monday.

“We finished in the top 1 percentile statewide,” said Brandie Blanchard, system personnel and policy supervisor, to the Iberville Parish School Board during its regular meeting.

According to the Louisiana Department of Education’s website, Compass is the state’s educator support and evaluation system.

It is designed to provide all teachers with regular, meaningful feedback on their performance and to foster continuous improvement.

The program scores teachers based equally on assessments for professional practices and student growth, Blanchard said.

Overall, parish teachers beat the statewide averages in three of the four classifications, Blanchard said.

Only 2 percent of Iberville teachers were ranked as inefficient, the lowest rating, compared with 4 percent statewide, according to the results.

Twelve percent of Iberville teachers were ranked as emerging, the report reads, compared with 8 percent statewide.

The system saw 60 percent of its teachers ranked as proficient, 3 percent higher than the state average.

The only statistic lower than the state average was for teachers found to be highly effective, which is the highest ranking.

Twenty-six percent of Iberville’s teachers reached that mark, while the statewide average was 32 percent.

This is the first year that the school received a final report in the program, Blanchard said.

More specifically, the report shows that 73 percent of parish teachers scored as proficient in practice, compared with the statewide average of 63 percent.

Scoring for the category comes from averaging individual evaluations conducted by administrators, mentor teachers and master teachers, Blanchard said.

Fifteen percent of teachers scored as highly effective in their practices, while no teachers scored as ineffective, Blanchard added.

In addition, 27 percent of parish teachers scored as highly efficient in the student growth category, the criteria which includes student performance scores, Blanchard said.

Comparatively, Blanchard said, the overall state average in the category ranks at 19 percent.

Board member Nancy Broussard commended the teachers for the student growth results, citing their efforts in a parish with a large poverty rate.

“This is very impressive,” she said. “What’s important is that this isn’t someone’s opinion. This is coming strictly on test scores and is based on effective teaching.”

Board member Tom Delahaye said he felt the lack of ineffective teacher rankings provides an inaccurate representation.

“This test has no credibility until we have some teachers in the ineffective category,” he said. “No administrator is willing to rate their teachers as ineffective. There are some, but they’re just not being rated. People just don’t want that monkey on their backs.”