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BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) -

The Louisiana Compass Evaluation Report has released results from last school year, showing how teachers in each parish stack up when it comes to effectiveness.

The grading system evaluates teachers on 2 levels, half on student achievement and half on classroom observation done by a principal.

State Superintendent John White says the system is effective, but needs improving. "We're going to focus the principal evaluation tool on really high quality evaluations so we say to them, 'Part of your job is to have a precise observation of teachers,'" White says.

Bossier Parish came out on top with the lowest number of ineffective teachers and the highest number of highly effective ones.

Caddo Parish scored in the middle. "As we look at the Compass data released today by the state, Caddo will utilize the information to improve classroom instruction," said Caddo Parish Interim Superintendent Mary Nash Robinson said in a statement Thursday afternoon in response to the findings. "Our data indicates that our teachers and principals set high rigorous standards for the greatest increases in student achievement.  We are pleased to see many proficient teachers but also will utilize the Compass tool for teacher and leader improvement."

Claiborne Parish is scored the lowest in the area, with the largest number of "ineffective" teachers and the smallest number of "highly effective" teachers.

Click the picture on the right side of the screen to see how the parishes in Northwest Louisiana measured up.

You can also click here for the Louisiana Department of Education's spread sheet for the results for the entire state and their school leaders, teachers, and students.

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