State school superintendent gets good annual job review

State Superintendent of Education John White got a favorable review in his annual job evaluation, officials said Tuesday.

The review was done by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Board President Chas Roemer made the announcement after an hourlong, closed-door meeting with White and the panel.

The scores mean that, for the second year in a row, White got the second highest of four ratings — effective/proficient.

That is defined as meeting between 75 percent and 99 percent of the annual goals.

The ratings range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the lowest — ineffective — and 4 being the highest — highly effective.

BESE officials said it is up to the superintendent to disclose any results.

In an interview, White said he received an average of 3.05 on the observation side of the evaluation and an average of 3 on the data side.

He said last year that his overall rating was 3.15.

“I feel very good about it,” White said of Tuesday’s results.

White said he would not share individual, written comments from the 11-member panel.

“Those tend to be personal about them and me,” he said.

The superintendent recommends and carries out policies for about 700,000 public school students.

He is paid $275,000 per year, and White said that will remain unchanged.

Under legislative pressure, the superintendent agreed to forego any annual pay raises unless rank-and-file state workers got one, which did not happen last year.

The job check comes at a time when, like much of the past year, White is embroiled in controversy over the new academic standards called Common Core.

White, one of the state’s top backers of Common Core, is involved in a high-profile disagreement with Gov. Bobby Jindal, who pushed him for the job, on the value of the standards in general and the tests that go with it, called PARCC.

Jindal backed legislation to shelve Common Core and the tests.

The job rating framework used by BESE is relatively new.

White said there was growth in both early childhood and math and literacy assessments for students in grades three through eight but they fell short of the goals.

Improvements in Advanced Placement, which allows high school students to earn college credit, and the Recovery School District exceeded goals, he said.

Results for two categories were incomplete.

The observation side includes vision and leadership; management and oversight; policymaking to boost student achievement; outreach to education groups; board relations and relationships with BESE staff.