By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Most public school classroom teachers were graded effective in the first statewide year of Louisiana's new teacher evaluation system.
Under data released Tuesday by the education department, 32% of classroom teachers were ranked as "highly effective" and another 4% were determined to be "ineffective." The rest were in between.
For principals and assistant principals, 28% were rated highly effective, while 2% were deemed ineffective.
Under the old system, nearly 99% of educators were ranked satisfactory.
The new evaluation system, called Compass, was passed by lawmakers in 2010 and championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Compass grades about one-third of classroom teachers on student performance improvements on standardized tests, while all teachers are reviewed through classroom observations and whether they hit certain student learning targets.
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