[Editor's Note: The Lafayette Parish School System Tuesday afternoon released a statement touting the 89 percent of LPSS teachers who were rated highly effective/effective in the Compass report.]

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 percent of classroom teachers were ranked as "highly effective" and another 4 percent were determined to be "ineffective." The rest were in between.

For principals and assistant principals, 28 percent were rated highly effective, while 2 percent were deemed ineffective.

Under the old system, nearly 99 percent 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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