State Superintendent of Education John White got a favorable review Wednesday from Louisiana’s top school board.
The announcement followed a 20-minute closed-door session of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which does the annual evaluation.
White, in a message on Twitter, said his overall rating was 3.3 out of 4.
That puts him in the effective/proficient category that is the second highest of four.
It also marks the third year in a row he has gotten that classification.
The superintendent said his score was 3.8 on the qualitative side — leadership and management — and 2.8 on the quantitative side, which includes data on a wide range of education topics.
White said last year that he received an average of 3.05 on the qualitative part of the evaluation and 3 on the data end.
White has held the job since early 2012.
He is paid $275,000 per year, which will remain unchanged.
While a favorable review would ordinarily allow for a pay hike, White’s salary is linked to whether rank-and-file state employees get a general raise.
That did not happen this year.
White said he declined a pay increase last year when state employees received one.
The superintendent recommends and carries out policies for about 720,000 public school students statewide.
White is evaluated with the same rubric used to rate public school teachers.
The ratings range from 1 to 4 — ineffective to highly effective.
The past year has been marked by heavy controversy at BESE, including months of arguments over Common Core.
In addition, White has feuded with Gov. Bobby Jindal over the standards in reading, writing and math and, at times, some members of the 11-member state board.
BESE President Chas Roemer, a White ally who lives in Baton Rouge, said he gave the superintendent the highest marks of any superintendent during his nearly two terms on BESE.
Roemer said White deserves credit for helping to engineer the Common Core accord.
BESE on Wednesday approved a list of 101 people, mostly educators, to serve on four panels that will review Common Core.
The review stems from action by the state Department of Education and the Legislature to ease arguments in the 22-month-old controversy.
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