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Team to aid districts with curriculum, evaluation

Five people have been appointed to a state Department of Education team to help Louisiana school districts implement new education standards and a teacher evaluation system.

State Superintendent of Education John White said in a Monday news release that the team will work with districts as Louisiana joins most other states in adopting uniform standards known as "Common Core." They also will aid in adoption of a teacher evaluation system called "Compass," which focuses on student improvement as well as other evaluation methods including classroom observation.

The appointees are: Warren Drake, superintendent of the Zachary Community School District; Kerry Laster, a former superintendent for Concordia Parish; Gayle Sloan, a former St. Tammany superintendent; Melissa Stilley, the Chief Academic Officer in Tangipahoa Parish; and Francis Touchet, principal of Erath High School.

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