BESE Rulemaking Docket  |  Updated 05/21/18

Pursuant to Title 49, §974 as enacted under Act 401 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, BESE maintains the Rulemaking Docket to provide the public with certain information concerning proposed rules and policy revisions approved by the Board. All materials will remain available to users for a minimum of one year following the date of Notice of Intent (NOI) publication.


Further information on BESE’s policymaking authority, the rulemaking process, and regulations in place are available here
 and through the state Administrative Procedure Act at R.S. 49:950 et seq.

A guide to using the Rulemaking Docket is available here.






NOTICES OF INTENT

April 2018

Bulletin 127, LEAP Connect Assessment, Louisiana Connectors
for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Chapter 9
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
04/18/18 05/10/18 05/20/18 - - - - 08/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
06/09/18 - -
- - - -
Description: R.S. 17:24.4 requires that BESE develop state content standards for required subjects to be taught in Louisiana public elementary and secondary schools. State content standards are statements that define what a student should know or be able to accomplish at the end of a specific time period or grade level or at the completion of a course. According to statute, the standards are to represent the knowledge and skills needed for students to successfully transition to postsecondary education and/or the workplace, as determined by content experts, elementary and secondary educators, school leaders, postsecondary education leaders, and business and industry leaders.

In accordance with state law, the LDE met with a diverse group of stakeholders (see chart below) to develop a draft set of aligned standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities to address the identified issues of these students. The majority of respondents to the public comment period believe that the newly-aligned expectations demonstrate the presence of:
  • Aligned expectations for students with significant disabilities,
  • Essential knowledge and skills,
  • Equitable set of mastery standards that provide access to grade-level content,
  • Clear benchmarks for assessing student progress and mastery on the K-12 continuum, and
  • Support increased academic growth and mastery.
Additionally, respondents requested resources for scaffolding instruction and meeting the needs of students at various proficiency levels.

The Science Connectors are pathways for the academic achievement of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Science Connectors, which are found in Bulletin 127, 
LEAP Connect Assessment, Louisiana Connectors for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities, are fully aligned to the Louisiana Student Standards, and ensure equal access to learning is provided to students with disabilities to the extent possible. This alignment is also required by federal law in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2018 to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
Sections 103, 307, 313, 503, 507, 509, 511, 512, 515, 517, 523, 703, and 705
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
04/18/18 05/10/18 05/20/18 - - - - 08/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
06/09/18 - -
- - - -
Description: Bulletin 140 is a set of regulations focused specifically on Early Childhood Community Networks. The bulletin seeks to address three critical needs:
  • Ensure one organization within each local Community Network coordinates across programs (child care, Head Start, school-based Pre-K), and define organization responsibilities;
  • Set clear expectations for implementation of coordinated enrollment as required by Act 717 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, and establish processes to ensure fairness and equity for providers and families; and
  • Establish a unified quality rating and improvement system that specifies how programs and Community Networks are evaluated, and establishes processes for fairness and equity for programs.

The unified quality rating and improvement system launched with a Learning Year in 2015-2016. Every publicly-funded early childhood site received a performance profile and every community network received a network performance profile for the first time in 2016-2017. The profiles were released publicly on Louisiana School and Center Finder.

Revisions to Bulletin 140 address challenges identified based on two years of performance data. These revisions help increase access and improve quality by:

  1. Implementing a fifth performance rating called "High Proficient" for sites and networks
    • Nearly two-thirds of programs are rated Proficient yet there are key differences in what children are experiencing at the top and bottom range. Implementing a new rating provides better information to families.
    • Excellent is a high bar that programs may perceive as impossible; creating a rating between Proficient and Excellent encourages incremental improvement.
    • School Readiness Tax Credits already distinguish higher performing Proficient child care sites so the change aligns expectations across program types.
  1. Requiring improvement planning for sites that score low "Approaching Proficient"
    • Data shows these sites are not utilizing resources provided by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE).
    • By targeting low scoring sites rated "Approaching Proficient" for intervention, the LDE is helping create a pathway to proficiency.
    • The intervention would include improvement planning, targeted resources (e.g. curriculum or mental health consultation), and support for all sites below 3.75, noting that the LDE previously provided intervention for sites rated "Unsatisfactory," resulting in improvement for 11 out of 13 sites.
  2. Aligning early childhood and K-12 definition for “economically disadvantaged”
    • Pre-K programs will use the same "economically disadvantaged" criteria as K-12.
    • As eligibility is regulated federally,  Head Start or CCDF will not be impacted.
  3. Transitioning infant classrooms into the rating and improvement system
    • An infant’s brain more than doubles in size within the first year of life, yet Louisiana does not currently evaluate infant classrooms.
    • Infant teachers will have access to feedback and professional development to support continuous improvement.
    • Changes will be phased in over three years.
  1. Additional policy revisions will:
    • Clarify definitions for lead teacher and classroom experience;
    • Provide more details for disaster considerations for severe impact sites; and
    • Provide more guidance for observing multi-age classrooms.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2018 to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Section 2305
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
04/18/18 05/10/18 05/20/18 - - - - 08/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
06/09/18 - -
- - - -
Description: In Louisiana and across the nation, concern is growing regarding the increase in drug addiction and use of opioids, including among youth. During the past  months, the LDE researched evidence-based programs, specific to opioids, and contacted school health coordinators to better understand the programs presently in use.

To the extent that drug addiction and opioid use are are not currently addressed in Bulletin 741, 
the LDE considered how such instruction might be embedded within school-based programs and support. In response to feedback from the Superintendents Advisory Council, the LDE proposes the attached revisions to Bulletin 741 to ensure an opioid-specific component is included in substance abuse prevention programs. Additional supports, resources, and training will be made available to local school systems during the summer 2018 and integrated into professional development and communication structures beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2018 to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


March 2018

Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Section 6913
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
03/13/18 04/10/18 04/20/18 05/10/18 - - 07/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
05/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: In October 2017, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 118 relative to the Louisiana education plan pursuant to the federal Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). The policy stated that the LDE would release LEAP Connect scaled-score ranges during the 2017-2018 school year. The proposed scaled-score ranges, approved by BESE at its March 2018 meeting, are attached.

LEAP Connect is a computer-based assessment developed to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities are able to participate in an assessment that measures student knowledge based upon the grade-level Louisiana Connectors.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., on May 9, 2018, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


January 2018

Bulletin 1566, Pupil Progression Policies and Procedures
Sections 503, 703, 705, and 707
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
01/24/18 03/08/18 03/20/18 04/10/18 - - 06/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
04/08/18 None
- - - -
Description: In October 2017, BESE approved, as Notice of Intent, revisions to Bulletin 1566 relative to student promotion, placement, and summer remediation. In December 2017, and in response to stakeholder feedback, BESE approved further revisions to include the following:
  • Revise policy to allow teachers rated “Effective: Proficient,” in addition to those rated “Highly Effective,” to teach summer remediation;
  • Clarify which students shall be provided an individual academic improvement plan; and
  • Delete two remaining references to the summer retest, not included in the October revisions.

At its January 2018 meeting, BESE approved further revisions to summer remediation provisions based on school system feedback:

  • In accordance with state law, continue to offer summer remediation to students who have been identified as academically struggling, but enable LEAs to identify such students based not only on the results of state assessments, but also on a preponderance of evidence of student learning available at the end of the school year; and
  • Remove the requirement that a first-time eighth grade student that does not meet the eighth grade promotion standard complete summer remediation before being placed on a high school campus in transitional ninth grade.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., on April 8, 2018, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


December 2017

Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs
Sections 103, 511, 512, 515, and 519
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
12/12/17 01/10/18 01/20/18 02/09/18 04/20/18 04/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
02/08/18 None
- - - -
Description: To ensure compliance with the Child Care Development Block Grant final rule, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 139 to ensure the child care assistant program is federally compliant while meeting the needs of low-income, working families.

Proposed changes include revised definitions, which provide clarity on the practices often investigated by federal and state auditors, and used by quality specialists to assess the integrity of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

To ensure federal compliance of CCAP, updates include revision of details relative to redetermination of eligibility for child care services, procedures for graduated phased out, and procedures for processing payments for registration fees is proposed.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 1566, Pupil Progression Policies and Procedures
Many sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
12/12/17 12/13/17 12/20/17 01/10/18 03/20/18 03/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
01/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: In October 2017, BESE approved, as Notice of Intent, revisions to Bulletin 1566, Pupil Progression Policies and Procedures, relative to student promotion, placement, and summer remediation. In response to stakeholder feedback, the Board approved further revisions that will:
  • Update Section 103. Preface,  to correspond to revisions throughout the body of the bulletin;
  • Revise policy to allow teachers rated “Effective: Proficient,” in addition to those rated “Highly Effective,” to teach summer remediation;
  • Clarify which students shall be provided an individual academic improvement plan; and
  • Delete two remaining references to the summer retest, not included in the October revisions.
The aforementioned changes are highlighted in the documentation linked to the "proposed change" above, that includes the October 2017 revisions and is presented in its entirety. The action of the Board will supersede the action taken by BESE in October 2017, so that one Notice of Intent will be submitted to the Louisiana Register.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Sections 305 and 311
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
12/12/17 01/10/18 01/20/18 02/09/18 04/20/18 04/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
02/08/18 None
- - - -
Description: Current policy, per Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel, lists two approved agencies from which the LDE can accept evaluations of foreign credentials for purposes of certification. One of these agencies no longer offers this service, which means that there is only one agency from which the LDE can accept foreign credential evaluations.

The proposed revisions will allow the LDE to accept evaluations of foreign credentials from any agency that follows the evaluation standards promulgated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). 


Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


October 2017

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Section 4503
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
10/18/17 11/08/17 11/20/17 12/12/17 02/20/18 02/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
12/09/17 None
- - - -
Description: At its October 2017 meeting BESE approved as a Declaration of Emergency, effective October 18, 2017, for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule, revisions to Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System: §4503. One Year Waiver for "Severe Impact" Schools and Districts, as it pertains to the 2016-2017 school year school performance scores and letter grades for schools that sustained significant damage as a result of federally-declared disaster DR-4277, Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding,

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Many sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY, REVISED
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
10/18/17 12/12/17 12/20/17 01/10/18 03/20/18 03/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
01/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: On August 15, 2017, the United States Department of Education approved the Louisiana state education plan pursuant to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. In order to implement the Louisiana plan pursuant to the new federal law, revisions to Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System, and Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices, were required. In August 2017, the LDE posted for public review draft copies of these bulletin revisions and held public meetings to receive feedback from stakeholders, including the Superintendents Advisory Council and the Accountability Commission.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on January 9, 2018, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Many sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
10/18/17 12/12/17 12/20/17 01/10/18 03/20/18 03/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
01/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: On August 15, 2017, the United States Department of Education approved the Louisiana state education plan pursuant to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. In order to implement the Louisiana plan pursuant to the new federal law, revisions to Bulletin 111,The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System, and Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices, were required. In August 2017, the LDE posted for public review draft copies of these bulletin revisions and held public meetings to receive feedback from stakeholders, including the Superintendents Advisory Council and the Accountability Commission.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on January 9, 2018, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Many sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY, REVISED
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
10/18/17 11/09/17 11/20/17 12/12/17 02/20/18 02/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
12/09/17 None
- - - -
Description: Proposed revisions to Bulletin 126, Charter Schools, details updated requirements in the following areas for BESE-authorized charter schools: Authorizing; Funding; Monitoring and evaluation; Developing, amending, renewing, and revoking charters; and Regulatory requirements.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 1566, Pupil Progression Policies and Procedures
Many sections
CURRENT POLICY |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
10/18/17 12/13/17 12/20/17 - - - - - -
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
01/09/18 None
- - - -
NOTE: This entry is superceded by the December 2017 entry pertaining to Bulletin 1566 revisions listed above. The December entry combines the proposed revisions of the October 2017 and December 2017. The original October 2017 revisions will not complete the NOI process.

Description:
 
As Louisiana has implemented more rigorous academic standards over the past few years, BESE and the Louisiana Legislature have enabled Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to make decisions relative to student promotion and remediation, based on a preponderance of evidence of student learning, rather than based solely on LEAP results. Those temporary policies were set to expire beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

Following a review of student data and extensive stakeholder engagement and in order to support student promotion and support, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 1566 
as follows:

  • Beginning in 2017-2018, each LEA shall identify, prior to the end of the school year and based on a preponderance of evidence of student learning, third and fourth grade students who are not performing at a level needed to successfully transition to the next grade level in at least two of the four core academic subjects of: English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, science, or social studies. Students in fourth grade may be promoted or retained, but in either case, shall be provided an Individual Academic Improvement Plan that outlines specific research-based supports and interventions that will be provided in order to address student academic weaknesses. The plan shall remain in effect until such time as the student performance in identified subjects increases to appropriate levels.
  • The LDE shall provide to each LEA, a roster of third and fourth grade students who have scored below the “Basic” achievement level in at least two core academic subjects. Such roster shall assist the LEA in making final determinations relative to individual student academic plans.
  • LEAs shall continue to offer summer remediation to students, pursuant to state law. Participation in summer remediation may serve as one support or intervention to address the student individual academic improvement plan.

Eighth grade promotion policies continue the option to place eligible students in transitional ninth grade.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on January 9, 2018, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 333 and 2318
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
10/18/17 11/09/17 11/20/17 12/12/17 02/20/18 02/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
12/09/17 None
- - - -
Description: During the 2017 Regular Legislative Session, the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed into law, House Bill 20 (Act 365) to allow BESE and the state superintendent of education to approve waivers of required instructional minutes for schools that temporarily shared facilities, each holding school for part of the school day, due to the impact of a declared natural disaster or emergency. The law, while passed in 2017, became effective beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 approved by BESE align policy with current law. Proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 also include language to ensure that, for spring 2018, the decision to include English I, English II, algebra I, and geometry LEAP 2025 assessment scores as a percentage of student final grades shall be determined by local education agencies (LEAs) and shall be outlined in the Pupil Progression Plan.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


August 2017

Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Section 6115
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
- - - -
Description: Performance standards for LEAP English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies tests are finalized in scaled-score form. The proposed revisions to Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices, update the social studies scaled score range from 100-500 to 650-850.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Many sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
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Description: Revisions to Bulletin 126, Charter Schools align with recent state legislation and currently proposed BESE policy changes.  These revisions include:
  • Requiring charter authorizers to provide charter applicants with the final third-party evaluation and recommendation no later than five business days prior to the meeting at which the charter application will be considered (Act 207 of the 2017 Regular Session);
  • Permitting charter schools to enroll children of faculty members who meet all admission requirements for the school (Act 253 of the 2017 Regular Session);
  • Permitting charter schools with foreign language immersion missions to enroll children of foreign consular officers who meet all mission-related and academic admission requirements (Act 253 of the 2017 Regular Session);
  • Defining “economically disadvantaged” (previously “at-risk”) students for purposes of establishing charter school student enrollment requirements (Act 136 of the 2017 Regular Session);
  • Requiring each school bus used to transport students in Orleans Parish to contain lettering identifying the name of the school or schools serviced (Act 230 of the 2017 Regular Session);
  • Prohibiting the use of corporal punishment for students with disabilities (Act 266 of the 2017 Regular Session);
  • Clarifying that LDE is permitted to share specified charter school data with school districts that authorize charter schools that are considered independent LEAs (Act 91 of the 2016 Regular Session); and
  • Requiring consideration of charter school performance pursuant to current and proposed performance calculations for extension and renewal decisions for the 2017-2018 school year only (pursuant to proposed revisions to Bulletin 111, in order to become effective prior to extension and renewal considerations)
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 130, Regulations for the Evaluation and Assessment of School Personnel
Sections 301 and 303
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY, REVISED
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
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Description: Revisions to Bulletin 130, Regulations for the Evaluation and Assessment of School Personnel align with recent state legislative changes. These revisions include:
  • Requiring that when value-added data are available, growth in student learning (50 percent of the total score) shall be comprised of 35 percent value-added data and 15 percent student learning targets (Act 504 of the 2016 Regular Session);
  • Repealing regulations that allow an administrator to adjust the value-added rating of a teacher by plus or minus one rating level, based on the teacher’s student learning target performance (Act 504 of the 2016 Regular Session); and
  • Defining “economically disadvantaged” (previously “at-risk”) students for purposes of teacher evaluations (Act 136 of the 2017 Regular Session).
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 134, Tuition Donation Rebate Program
Many sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
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Description: Revisions to Bulletin 134, Tuition Donation Rebate Program align with Act 377 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session. These revisions include:
  • Changing the former tax rebate earned under this program to a non-refundable tax credit;
  • Permitting donations only from Louisiana taxpayers required to file a Louisiana income tax return;
  • Requiring the LDE to bar school tuition organizations from the program if not in compliance with criminal background requirements or timely submission of required annual reports;
  • Requiring each school tuition organization to pay out or reserve pay-outs for at least 75% of all donations received through the program, and requiring remittance of funds not paid out or reserved for pay-out in excess of 25% to be remitted to the state general fund; and
  • Requiring LDE to verify that each student receiving a tuition donation scholarship was not enrolled in a Louisiana public school on October 1st or February 1st of the same year the student received the scholarship.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations
Many sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY, REVISED
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 Pt.1, Pt.2 09/20/17 10/10/17 02/20/18 02/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
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Description: Act 423 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session aligns state requirements with the revised federal law. In response to Act 423, revisions to policy are required.

Proposed revisions to Bulletin 137, 
Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations, include the following:
  • Authorizing the LDE to implement and manage a statewide system for conducting Child Care Criminal Background Checks (CCCBC);
  • Defining the previous and new criminal background checks and terms related to the new CCCBC;
  • Defining which groups require a CCCBC;
  • Defining transition periods for obtaining CCCBC to lessen economic impact on providers; and
  • Defining rules regarding provisional employment and monitoring, appeals of accuracy of CCCBC results, fee schedules from other agencies, and termination based on ineligible determinations.
  • Technical edits and safety changes.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs
Sections 103, 309, 310, 311, 313, 315, 505, 509, 513, and 521
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 02/20/18 02/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
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Description: The proposed revisions to Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs align with Act 423 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session, the federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, and Senate Resolution 209. These changes include:
  • Authorizing the LDE to implement and manage a statewide system for conducting Child Care Criminal Background Checks (CCCBC);
  • Defining the previous and new criminal background checks and terms related to the new CCCBC;
  • Defining which groups require a CCCBC;
  • Defining transition periods for obtaining CCCBC to lessen economic impact on providers;
  • Defining rules regarding provisional employment and monitoring, appeals of accuracy of CCCBC results, fee schedules from other agencies, and termination based on ineligible determinations;
  • Providing that provisional employment is not allowed for home-based providers;
  • Requiring CCCBC to be completed every five years;
  • Allowing 90 calendar days for families experiencing homelessness to submit remaining eligibility documentation;
  • Adding households with children requiring special needs, children experiencing homelessness, and children participating in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships to the prioritization list so they do not go on the wait list;
  • Adding language to allow recovery of improper payments based in ineligible services; and
  • Increasing the number of staff that qualify for the Staff School Readiness Tax Credit for 2018 and 2019. These changes are proposed as emergency rule in order to be in effect for January 1, 2018.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs
Section 903
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 11/08/17 11/20/17 12/12/17 02/20/18 02/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
12/09/17 None
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Description: Linked above are revisions to Bulletin 139§903, approved by BESE at its August 2017 meeting. Note: the Board approved the revisions regarding the Staff School Readiness Tax Credit for 2018 and 2019 as an Emergency Rule effective August 16, 2017 for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule, in order for policy implementation January 1, 2018.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 901, 1307, 1315, 2318, 2319, and 2345
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
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Description: Revisions to Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators align with Act 266 of the 2017 Regular Session. These revisions include:
  • Prohibits the use of corporal punishment in public elementary and secondary schools for students with exceptionalities, except gifted and talented students, or to students who have been determined to be eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and have an Individualized Accommodation Plan; and
  • Waives the requirement that high school state assessments count as a percentage of a student’s final grade for English I, English II, Algebra I, and Geometry (fall 2017 administration); U.S. history (fall and spring administrations in 2017-2018); and Biology (fall and spring administrations in 2018-2019).

Additional Bulletin 741 revisions are related to:

  • Providing high school seniors with weighed and unweighted grade point average and class rank upon request of the parent/legal custodian;
  • Elimination of waiver for students with disabilities who have not met the end of course test or LAA 2 requirements due to a disability; and
  • Addition of Korean as a foreign language course offering.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Sections 203, 901, 903, 905, 906, 907, 908, 909, and 911
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY: Pt. 1, Pt. 2
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 11/08/17 11/20/17 12/12/17 02/20/18 02/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
12/09/17 None - - - -
Description: Proposed policy revisions to Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel, Chapter 9. Actions Related to the Suspension/Denial and Revocation of Louisiana Certificates clarify and update policies relative to certification licensure denial, suspension, and revocation, as well as technical edits. Proposed policy revisions:
    • Define "facilitation of cheating";
    • Allow for a records review and reinstatement following revocation for cheating;
    • Provide for license suspension or revocation for cheating based on LDE determination versus LEA employment action;
    • Provide for ongoing suspension of the license pending litigation; and
    • Update the actions the LDE should take regarding the certification status for an educator, who has committed an offense that warrants revocation but does not hold a Louisiana license. Actions include reporting to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), the national certification database for educators, as well as noting the LDE database.
    • Update the actions the LDE should take regarding the certification status for an educator, who has committed an offense that warrants revocation but holds an expired license. Actions include non-renewal of the expired license and reporting to the NASDTEC and the LDE database.
  • Additional revisions regarding §203. Praxis Exams and Scores., is included in order to align with federal criminal code and test scores.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 1508, Pupil Appraisal Handbook
Sections 703, 709, 725, and 1101
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
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Description: Revisions to Bulletin 1508, Pupil Appraisal Handbook align with Act 146 of the 2017 Regular Session. These revisions include:
  • Revised terminology referring to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community; replaces all references to “hearing impairment” to “hearing loss” or “hard-of-hearing” (depending on appropriate context in the bulletin).
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 1706, Regulations for Implementation of the Children with Exceptionalities Act
Sections 113, 460, 530, and 905
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
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Description: Revisions to Bulletin 1706, Regulations for Implementation of the Children with Exceptionalities Act align with Act 266 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session. These changes include:
  • Revises terminology referring to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, and replaces all references to “hearing impairment” to “hearing loss” or “hard-of-hearing” (depending on appropriate context in the bulletin); and
  • Prohibits the use of corporal punishment in public elementary and secondary schools for students with exceptionalities, except gifted and talented students, or to students who have been determined to be eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and have an Individualized Accommodation Plan.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


June 2017

Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Section 344
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/21/17 08/10/17 08/20/17 09/11/17 11/20/17 11/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
09/08/17 None
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Description: Proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 provide child care teachers additional time and flexibility to obtain Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate from the best available preparation provider while maintaining a near term expectation that child care teachers earn this professional credential.

The proposed revisions include the following requirements for individuals seeking an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate:
  1. Beginning July 1, 2018, teachers who have completed up to 36 hours of the total 120 hours of coursework for the CDA credential must complete their coursework from a BESE-approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program. Individuals who have completed 36 hours or more may complete their coursework from any CDA credentialing program.
  2. Beginning July 1, 2018, all coursework for technical diplomas and certificates of technical studies must be earned from a BESE-approved provider.  Individuals completing a technical diploma or certificate of technical studies are required to attend a BESE-approved program, or seek a waiver for the requirement.
  3. Individuals completing career diplomas approved by the Louisiana Pathways Career Development System must begin coursework prior to July 1, 2018.

Individuals, who demonstrate unavailability of enrollment options within a reasonable geographic proximity, will be able to submit a request to the LDE to waive the requirement that coursework be obtained from a BESE-approved provider.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 2318, 2319, 2335, 2345, 2353, 2355, and 3113
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/21/17 08/10/17 08/20/17 09/11/17 11/20/17 11/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
09/08/17 None
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Description: In accordance with Act 733 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, BESE approved proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 as follows:
  • §2318.  The TOPS University Diploma:
    • Course content for AP Physics I and AP Physics II has been reviewed by LDE staff, with input from BOR, and has been determined to be equivalent to the science course for purposes of satisfying graduation and TOPS University Diploma and TOPS scholarship eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen in 2014-2015 and beyond.

    • Course content for AP Psychology has been reviewed by LDE staff, with input from BOR, and it has been determined to be equivalent to the social studies course for purposes of satisfying TOPS University Diploma and  TOPS scholarship eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen in 2014-2015 and beyond.

  • §2319.  The Career Diploma:
    • Course content for Probability and Statistics has been reviewed by LDE staff, with input from BOR, and it has been determined to be equivalent to the mathematics course for purposes of satisfying Career Diploma graduation requirements.

    • Requires one unit of the Career Diploma social studies requirement to be satisfied by either Civics, Government, AP U.S. Government and Politics: Comparative, or AP U.S. Government and Politics: United States.

Other revisions to Bulletin 741 relate to:

  • §2335. Computer/Technology Education:
    • Provides that Digital Graphics and Animation shall count for one unit of credit.
  • §2345.  Foreign Languages:
    • Adds to the list of foreign language course offerings Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, and Vietnamese;

  • §2353. Mathematics:

    • Technical edits.

  • §2355. Music:
    • Requires approval by the local school board before private piano and studio strings instruction can be given for credit.

  • §3113. Work-Based Learning:

    • Requires each teacher-coordinator for work-based programs to maintain on file a class organization report.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


LAC 28, Part I, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Sections 503, 1107, and 1303
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/21/17 01/10/18 01/20/18 02/09/18 04/20/18 04/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
02/08/18 None
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Description: Policies governing the operating procedures of BESE are contained in Title 28, Part I, of the Louisiana Administrative Code. As part of regular compliance and management activities, a review of the BESE Code was conducted to identify any needed updates, technical edits, and revisions as a result of changes in practice/procedure, legislation, or other regulations. The Board approved revisions to the following sections of the BESE Code:
  • §503.  Advisory Councils - clarifies that proxies designated by persons serving on an advisory council shall not retain voting privileges and adjusts agenda timelines;
  • §1107.  Minimum Foundation Program - proposed revisions update the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) membership definition related to the at-risk student count to ensure alignment with state law; and
  • §1303.  Rulemaking - proposed revisions are technical in nature.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comment deadline date indicated above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Sections 3601, 3603, 3605, 3607, 3609, and 3611
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/21/17 08/10/17 08/20/17 09/11/17 11/20/17 11/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
09/08/17 None
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Description: Act 500 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session required BESE to convene a Mutual Accountability Team as an ad hoc subcommittee of the School and District Accountability Commission. In March 2017, BESE received a report from the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) regarding the recommendations approved by the Mutual Accountability Team and directed the LDE to develop policy focused on the following areas:
  • Student Information System
  • Specialized Accountability Report Card
  • Monitoring
  • Assessment and Counseling
  • Cumulative Record

BESE approved the following revisions to Bulletin 111: §3601. Office of Juvenile Justice Schools; §3603. Student Information System; §3605. Specialized Accountability System; §3607. Monitoring and Intervention; §3609. Assessments and Counseling; and §3611. Transmission of Cumulative Records, related to a specialized accountability program for schools operated by the Office of Juvenile Justice.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 102, Louisiana Physical Education Content Standards
Many sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/21/17 08/10/17 Pt.1, Pt. 2 08/20/17 09/11/17 11/20/17 11/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
09/08/17 None
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Description: Bulletin 102 contains the Louisiana Physical Education standards and was last revised in December 2009.

In response to requests from physical education educators and stakeholders, the Louisiana Department of Education assembled a work group to review and make recommendations, updating the current Louisiana physical education standards.

The workgroup spent many hours reviewing the current standards, national physical education grade-level outcomes, and physical education standards from other states. The work included drafting the standards, reviewing public comment, reviewing external reviewer feedback, revising the drafts, meeting with committee members to discuss the work, and meeting with educators in the field to solicit feedback. The proposed revisions to Bulletin 102 represent the knowledge and skills needed for students to become physically literate.


Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
Sections 313, 503, and 513
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/21/17 08/10/17 08/20/17 09/11/17 11/20/17 11/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
09/08/17 None
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Description: Revisions to Bulletin 140 reflect a few small shifts and clarifications based on engagement with early childhood programs and key stakeholders:
  1. Align group size descriptions in Bulletin 140 with those in Bulletin 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations;
  2. Connect the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate requirement for all lead teachers by 2019  in publicly-funded centers to the Academic Approval process;
  3. Clarify that no observer will be excluded from the accountability system until they have been inaccurate more than half the time for two semesters, or at least two observations; and
  4. Provide a process for centers not open during the typical school day to receive academic approval
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs
Many sections
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/21/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
- - - -
Description: In June 2016, BESE approved and the Louisiana Board of Regents (BOR) endorsed the development and implementation of updated policies relative to the initial and ongoing approval of teacher preparation programs, and charged BESE and BOR with forming a workgroup to guide the development of these policies. The teacher preparation workgroup was formed following this charge and convened over the fall and winter to develop recommendations relative to the initial and ongoing approval of teacher preparation programs. The workgroup included experts from a variety of teacher preparation and K-12 backgrounds, and the recommendations were memorialized in a memo that was disseminated to BESE in the spring of 2017.

BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 996 based upon the workgroup’s recommendations and solicited feedback from teacher preparation program leads regarding the policy proposal during discussions in March and May 2017.

The proposed revisions to Bulletin 996 provide for a teacher preparation quality rating system that:
  1. Applies equally to all teacher preparation providers,
  2. Measures the quality of teacher preparation programs across three areas: the quality of the preparation experiences, the extent to which the programs meet Louisiana’s workforce needs, and the impact teacher preparation graduates have on student learning, and
  3. Will be studied, refined, and phased in over a period of five years, with the first ongoing program approval decisions made in 2023.

The Board further directed the LDE to establish, beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the Louisiana Educator Preparation Research Consortium, a workgroup comprised of K-12 and higher education experts that will assist the LDE in evaluating and refining the teacher preparation quality rating system, and conduct research on teacher preparation issues.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 9, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


April 2017

Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Section 5909
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
04/19/17 05/09/17 05/20/17 06/09/17 08/20/17 08/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
06/08/17 None
- - - -
Description: Louisiana Revised Statute 17:391.11 requires the governing authority of each public school offering kindergarten classes to administer to every child entering kindergarten for the first time a valid and reliable readiness assessment. The statute further requires the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) to review the available valid and reliable individually administered readiness tests and recommend to BESE those tests acceptable for use.

Currently, local education agencies (LEAs) administer Developing Skills Checklist (DSC) to incoming kindergarten students. DSC is no longer published and is in limited supply. Further, districts spend up to two weeks testing children before they start Kindergarten, delaying the start of the school year for these children.

Therefore, the proposed policy change adds two new kindergarten entry assessments - Teaching Strategies Gold Survey (TS Gold) and Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) - as acceptable kindergarten entry assessments. These assessments contain approximately 30 items (DSC contains 144 items and is individually administered), are nationally recognized, research-based, standards-aligned, and observation-based. They also enable teachers to assess developmental skills during the course of instruction or regular routines, which further enhances validity.

TS Gold and DRDP were piloted in 14 school districts and charter schools: Assumption Parish, DeSoto Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Laurel Oaks (East Baton Rouge Parish), Madison Parish, New Beginnings, New Orleans College Prep, Pointe Coupee Parish, Rapides Parish, Sabine Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Helena Parish, and West Baton Rouge Parish.

LEAs may administer the DSC during the 2017-2018 school year. However, that assessment will not be available beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. June 8, 2017, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.






EMERGENCY RULES

Pursuant to Title 49, §953.B.(1), "if an agency finds that an imminent peril to the public health, safety, or welfare requires adoption of a rule upon shorter notice than that provided in Subsection A of this Section and within five days of adoption states in writing to the governor of the state of Louisiana, the attorney general of Louisiana, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president of the Senate, and the Department of the State Register, its reasons for that finding, it may proceed without prior notice or hearing or upon any abbreviated notice and hearing that it finds practicable, to adopt an emergency rule."


Original Rule   Date Emergency Rule Was Posted Date published in Louisiana Register  Number of Days in Effect 
Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Section 4503
10/18/17
01/08/18
11/20/17
01/20/18
120 days
120 days
Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child care and Development Fund Programs
Section 903
08/16/17
12/13/17
09/20/17
01/20/18
120 days
120 days



Yearly Action Reports

Pursuant to R.S. 49:968(K), BESE submits a Yearly Action Report regarding the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule or the adoption, increase, or decrease of any fee during the calendar year to appropriate legislative oversight committees.

 2017 Yearly Action Report
 2016 Yearly Action Report
 2015 Yearly Action Report
 2014 Yearly Action Report