This is a group of FAQs you will probably never see answered by the DOE!
Q: A teacher points out that some teachers are quiting as soon as they get an "ineffective". Does that reduce the 10% statewide that are designated as ineffective?
A: It depends on when they quit. If a teacher is warned before the official ratings are finalized that she/he may get an "ineffective", the teacher may quit to keep this from going on his/her record. But if the evaluation has been finalized, the rating goes into a state data base HCIS, (the Human Capitol Information System) which will theoretically follow him/her for the rest of his/her teaching career. Those are counted as part of the 10% only if the ineffective was because of VAM. There could be even more teachers rated ineffective because of the observation part of their evaluation. (Remember that the 10% mandatory ineffective is only for teachers rated by VAM)
Q: A teacher asked: "Who decides what goes into the intensive assistance plan and how is it determined when an ineffective teacher becomes effective again."
A: When you are determined to be "ineffective", your principal develops your intensive assistance plan (lasting 2 years or less). I assume there would be two types of intensive assistance plans. If your "ineffective" is because of VAM or poor SLT performance it would be designed to get you to score better on student performance and you would get out of intensive assistance when your scores go up. If you get another bad VAM or SLT you could be fired immediately without recourse because tenure rights are terminated when you get only one "ineffective" and since the evaluation itself is considered proof of incompetence. In the case where you failed the observation part, you would get two or less years to improve on the Compass, but if you got a bad VAM or SLT, you would still be in jeopardy.
Q: Since the new law requires new teachers to get 5 highly effective evaluations out of six years before they can be tenured, what happens if they get an ineffective in their 4th year? Will they ever get to their 6th year?
A: The issue of tenure is practically irrelevant since it is almost statistically impossible for a teacher to be rated highly effective for 5 out of 6 years. But to answer the question, even if the teacher trying to attain tenure got an "ineffective" in any one of the 6 years, she/he could still get tenure by getting a highly effective in each of the other 5 years. (except if the ineffective happened in the 6th year, the teacher would have to start all over again) For new teachers and for any teacher who gets one "ineffective", tenure will be very rare. But the way tenure has now been restructured in the law makes it almost meaningless except as an honorary designation. The hearing process for tenure in Louisiana is now like a Kangaroo court. The whole purpose of the new law on tenure was to do away with due process rights for teachers and to make termination extremely easy.
Herb Bassett has pointed out in his own report to the legislature that the above assumption does not make sense because the 51% from the previous year was totally arbitrary to begin with. But worse than that, it is based on teacher VAM ranking percentiles that stay the same from year to year no matter how student performance improves. This is the same as if a teacher decided before the beginning of the school year that only 51% of a particular class of students could get B or A, even if most of the students got all the questions right on the final test. This results in condemning half of the teachers to a mediocre rating each year and adjusting the observation results to match that pre-determined rating. This is an insult to both administrators and teachers.