BESE Rulemaking Docket  |  Updated 03/20/17

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.






Waiver of BESE rules
Request for waiver of BESE rules related to the federally declared disaster, Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4277), approved by BESE president and ratified by the Board per LAC 28:I.305.B:


Approved 8/19/16
Bulletin 133, Section 301.A.1., 2., 3. (school registration process)
Bulletin 741, Section 903.A (exceptional students)
Bulletin 741, Section 905.A (elementary - grades per class)
Bulletin 741, Section 913.A., B., C. (class size and ratios)
Bulletin 741, Section 1125.B. (comprehensive counseling)
Bulletin 741, Section 1705.H. (school libraries, media centers)
Bulletin 741, Section 2307 (literacy screenings)
Bulletin 741 (nonpublic), Section 707 (class size and ratio)
Bulletin 741 (nonpublic), Section 3013.A., B. (required child/staff ratios)
Bulletin 1530, Section 127.A. (three-year age span)
Bulletin 1706, Section 1001.A.1., A.13. (pupil:teacher, pupil:speech, language pathologist, and pupil appraisal ratios)
Bulletin 1706, Section 2001.A, B.4. (pupil:teacher, pupil appraisal ratios)

Approved 8/26/16
Bulletin 119, Section 2509 (use of used school buses)


Related revisions to Bulletins 137 and 126 approved by the BESE president under interim authority are posted in the Emergency Rules list here.




NOTICES OF INTENT

March 2017

Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs
Sections 103, 305, 309, 311, 320, 707, 901, 902, 903, 1101, 1103, 1105, 1107, 1109, 1111
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)
03/08/17 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: Revisions to Bulletin 139 include a proposal to align the Louisiana School Readiness Tax Credits (SRTC) with the early childhood universal rating system and new child care teacher credential in order to increase kindergarten readiness.

The proposed revisions will revise the five tax credits in the following ways:
  1. Director Tax Credit: Offer directors the option to earn increased tax credit levels for proficient performance, as defined by the early childhood unified rating system.
  2. Teacher Tax Credit: Offer teachers the option to earn increased tax credit levels for obtaining a teacher credential (Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate) and for years of service in the field.
  3. Provider Tax Credit: Redefine provider tax credit levels based on the unified rating system. Child care centers earning higher scores within the unified rating system and serving more children participation in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), will receive increased tax credits.
    • In order to support this transition, CCAP Bonus Payments will be used to provide additional funding to centers to support improvement.
    • CCAP Bonus payments will reduce over time to incent providers to meet quality threshold.
  4. Family Tax Credit: Redefine family tax credit levels based on the early childhood unified rating system.
  5. Business and Resource and Referral Tax Credit: Redefine business tax credit levels based on the early childhood unified rating system. The Resource and Referral Tax Credit will remain unchanged.

In addition to the revisions required for the SRTC, a set of required additional revisions will meet the federal mandates within the Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund State Plan (submitted in March 2016):

  • Revised requirements for notifying the LDE of a change in current contact information for child care providers participating in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
  • Revised requirements for a secondary phone line to be in place for child care providers participating in CCAP.
  • Revised requirements for participation in medication administration training for child care providers participating in CCAP.
  • Revised policy for suspension of payments to providers not in compliance with administrative requirements.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments 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 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 2318, 2319, 2341, and 2361
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)
03/08/17 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: House Resolution 154 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session requests that the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE), in consultation with the Board of Regents and the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission, study and make recommendations regarding the feasibility of allowing a course in Human Anatomy and Physiology to serve as a science course for purposes of satisfying high school graduation requirements and for determining student eligibility to receive a Louisiana Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) award.

In response to House Resolution 154, and with concurrence of partner agencies, the Board approved revisions to:
  1. Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, and
  2. Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators

Technical Reading has not been a coursework requirement for the Career Diploma for a number of years; therefore, the Technical Reading and Writing requirement was revised to Technical Writing.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments 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 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 2109 and 2329
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)
03/08/17 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: House Resolution 154 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session requests that the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE), in consultation with the Board of Regents and the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission, study and make recommendations regarding the feasibility of allowing a course in Human Anatomy and Physiology to serve as a science course for purposes of satisfying high school graduation requirements and for determining student eligibility to receive a Louisiana Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) award.

In response to House Resolution 154, and with concurrence of partner agencies, the Board approved revisions to:
  1. Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, and
  2. Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators

Technical Reading has not been a coursework requirement for the Career Diploma for a number of years; therefore, the Technical Reading and Writing requirement was revised to Technical Writing.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments 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 1962, Louisiana Science Content Standards
Chapters 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, and 31
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE, AMENDED
 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)
03/08/17 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: A

Louisiana science standards were last updated in 1997; GLE’s based on those standards were written in 2005. As directed by BESE in June 2016, a science standards review process began in August 2016. As discussed at the December 2016 BESE meeting, the proposed standards:

  • Define what a student should know or be able to accomplish at the end of a specific time period, grade level or completion of a course;
  • Represent the scientific knowledge and skills needed for students to successfully transition to postsecondary education and the workplace;
  • Build on skills learned in previous years and avoid repetition from year to year; and
  • Connect across grades and within grades.

Educators who made up the standards workgroups spent many hours drafting the standards, reviewing over 10,200 pieces of public comment, revising the drafts, meeting with committee members to discuss their work, and meeting with educators in the field to solicit feedback. Workgroup members spent over 10,000 total hours working on the Louisiana Student Standards for Science. Additional information on the review process can be found at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/academics/louisiana-student-standards-review

The revisions to Bulletin 1962 approved by the Board represent the knowledge and skills needed for students to successfully transition to postsecondary education and the workplace.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments 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.


December 2016

Bulletin 112, Louisiana English Language Development Standards
Sections 101, 103, 301, 303, 305, 501, 503, 701, and 703
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 02/20/17 03/13/17 - - 05/20/17
 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
02/08/17 - -
- - - -
Description: As a requirement and final step to the Louisiana Student Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, which were enacted in the summer of 2016, the LDE worked in partnership with Louisiana English language learner and special education experts to establish a set of standards alignments. These alignments ensure that the standards, which are found in Bulletin 112, Louisiana English Language Development Standards, for English Language Learners, and standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities, which are found in Bulletin 127, LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LPAA 1) Extended Standards, are fully aligned to the Louisiana Student Standards, and 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.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., February 8, 2017, 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
Sections 305, 307, 309, 311, and 316
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 01/20/17 02/10/17 - - 04/20/17
 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
02/08/17 None
- - - -
Description: Related to the state's test security policies and procedures, the proposed revisions to Bulletin 118 include:
  1. Review LEA test security policies once every three years to ensure full compliance with Bulletin 118,Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices;
  2. Require that LEAs collect all student cell phones prior to students gaining access to secure test materials and requiring that all test administrators keep cell phones off while in the vicinity of secure materials;
  3. Provide that test administrators may only access those electronic devices required for approved accommodations, online assessments, or to provide technical assistance during online assessments;
  4. Remove testing systems that are no longer active or whose data privacy is covered by Act 833 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session;
  5. Add online answer changes to the definition of an erasure; and
  6. Remove outdated procedures (e.g., mailing forms).

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., February 8, 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
Sections 519, 1903, 2301, and 2303
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 01/20/17 02/10/17 - - 04/20/17
 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
02/08/17 None
- - - -
Description: Act 91 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session provides for the unification of public schools in Orleans Parish under the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). Among other things, Act 91 provides that in Orleans Parish, “each Type 3B charter school and, with the approval of the local school board, any other type of charter school under the board's jurisdiction may act as its own local educational agency for one or more funding purposes or statutory definitions, in accordance with R.S. 17:3995, and rules adopted by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.” The attached proposed policy revisions to Bulletin 126, Charter Schools, §519, 1903, 2301, and 2303 provide the requisite rules to implement this provision.  The proposed revisions were developed in collaboration with OPSB administration.

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


Bulletin 127, LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LPAA 1) Extended Standards
Chapters 1, 3, 5, 91, 93 and 95
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 Pt 1, 2, 3 02/20/17 03/13/17 - - 05/20/17
 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
02/08/17 - -
- - - -
Description: As a requirement and final step to the Louisiana Student Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, which were enacted in the summer of 2016, the LDE worked in partnership with Louisiana English language learner and special education experts to establish a set of standards alignments. These alignments ensure that the standards, which are found in Bulletin 112, Louisiana English Language Development Standards, for English Language Learners, and standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities, which are found in Bulletin 127, LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LPAA 1) Extended Standards, are fully aligned to the Louisiana Student Standards, and 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.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., February 8, 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
Sections 103 and 1711
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 01/20/17 02/10/17 - - 04/20/17
 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
02/08/17 None
- - - -
Description: In order to meet federal Child Care Development Fund requirements and to embed standards within the state plan for Louisiana, the State of Louisiana must establish standards for child group sizes and child-to-provider ratios. Therefore, the proposed revisions are necessary to Bulletin 137 in order to require early learning centers to meet appropriate ratios between the number of children and the number of providers and group size, in terms of the age of the children for each type of setting.

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


October 2016

Bulletin 111, The LA School, District, and State Accountability System
Section 603
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)
10/12/16 11/10/16 11/20/16 12/13/16 02/20/17 02/20/17
 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
12/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: The proposed revision, as recommended by district and school leadership, will change the manner in which student dropouts are assigned regarding students who transfer to another school when a request for records is received by a sending school. Current high school dropout assignment policy assigns the dropout to the last school of record. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the proposed revision assigns the dropout, unless the dropout student is expelled, to the receiving school, which is the school that sends a records request.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 113, LA Reading and Language Competencies for New Teachers
All sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY (repeal bulletin)
 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)
10/12/16 11/10/16 11/20/16 12/13/16 02/20/17 02/20/17
 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
12/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: In June 2016, BESE approved a motion to endorse the creation and implementation of a competency-based certification structure, given all appropriate resources, requiring completion of a competency-based curriculum and successful demonstration of mastery of competencies, embedding meaningful clinical experiences, and incorporating a full-year fiscally sustainable residency, including but not limited to the following:
  • Timeline for BESE policy changes;
  • Timeline for districts and universities to meet in order to realign teacher preparation programs;
  • Timeline for implementation; and
  • The formation of a small work group to examine current and potential costs for full-year residencies

The Louisiana Department of Education, in collaboration with the Louisiana Board of Regents, reviewed the recommendations of educators, preparation program faculty, and other stakeholders gathered through Believe and Prepare events, pilots, surveys, focus groups, and forums between December 2014 and June 2016 and the fiscal impact study conducted between June 2016 and September 2016. The LDE developed proposed changes to teacher preparation and certification regulations. Detailed information about the Believe and Prepare engagement opportunities can be found in the Believe and Prepare library at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/teaching.

The proposed policy changes necessary for program implementation, submitted by LDE and approved by BESE on October 12, 2016, include:

  1. Revisions to Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel;
  2. Revisions to Bulletin 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs;
  3. Repeal of Bulletin 113, Louisiana's Reading and Language Competencies for New Teachers.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2016, 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
Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 23, and 27
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)
10/12/16 11/10/16 11/20/16 12/13/16 02/20/17 02/20/17
 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
12/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: Act 497 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session eliminated Local Charter Authorizers from the definition of “chartering authority” and removed the authority of Local Charter Authorizers to enter into charter agreements, thus providing that only local school boards and BESE have this authority. The passage of Act 497 necessitates the removal of all references to Local Charter Authorizers and Type 1B Charter Schools in Bulletin 126, and the proposed revisions reflect that change.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 746, LA Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 14
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)
10/12/16 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: In June 2016, BESE approved a motion to endorse the creation and implementation of a competency-based certification structure, given all appropriate resources, requiring completion of a competency-based curriculum and successful demonstration of mastery of competencies, embedding meaningful clinical experiences, and incorporating a full-year fiscally sustainable residency, including but not limited to the following:
  • Timeline for BESE policy changes;
  • Timeline for districts and universities to meet in order to realign teacher preparation programs;
  • Timeline for implementation; and
  • The formation of a small work group to examine current and potential costs for full-year residencies

The Louisiana Department of Education, in collaboration with the Louisiana Board of Regents, reviewed the recommendations of educators, preparation program faculty, and other stakeholders gathered through Believe and Prepare events, pilots, surveys, focus groups, and forums between December 2014 and June 2016 and the fiscal impact study conducted between June 2016 and September 2016. The LDE developed proposed changes to teacher preparation and certification regulations. Detailed information about the Believe and Prepare engagement opportunities can be found in the Believe and Prepare library at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/teaching.

The proposed policy changes necessary for program implementation, submitted by LDE and approved by BESE on October 12, 2016, include:

  1. Revisions to Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel;
  2. Revisions to Bulletin 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs;
  3. Repeal of Bulletin 113, Louisiana's Reading and Language Competencies for New Teachers.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., on the deadline date for public comments indicated above, 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
Chapter 7
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)
10/12/16 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: In June 2016, BESE approved a motion to endorse the creation and implementation of a competency-based certification structure, given all appropriate resources, requiring completion of a competency-based curriculum and successful demonstration of mastery of competencies, embedding meaningful clinical experiences, and incorporating a full-year fiscally sustainable residency, including but not limited to the following:
  • Timeline for BESE policy changes;
  • Timeline for districts and universities to meet in order to realign teacher preparation programs;
  • Timeline for implementation; and
  • The formation of a small work group to examine current and potential costs for full-year residencies

The Louisiana Department of Education, in collaboration with the Louisiana Board of Regents, reviewed the recommendations of educators, preparation program faculty, and other stakeholders gathered through Believe and Prepare events, pilots, surveys, focus groups, and forums between December 2014 and June 2016 and the fiscal impact study conducted between June 2016 and September 2016. The LDE developed proposed changes to teacher preparation and certification regulations. Detailed information about the Believe and Prepare engagement opportunities can be found in the Believe and Prepare library at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/teaching.

The proposed policy changes necessary for program implementation, submitted by LDE and approved by BESE on October 12, 2016, include:

  1. Revisions to Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel;
  2. Revisions to Bulletin 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs;
  3. Repeal of Bulletin 113, Louisiana's Reading and Language Competencies for New Teachers.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., on the deadline date for public comments indicated above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 1922, Compliance Monitoring procedures
Sections 101, 105, 107, 109, 301, 303, 305, 307, 311, and 313
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE (June 2016), REVISED POLICY (October 2016)
 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)
10/12/16 11/10/16 11/20/16 01/26/17 03/20/17 03/20/17
 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
12/09/16 12/29/16
- - - -
Note: The Notice of Intent approved by BESE on October 12, 2012 only included revisions to Section 311. BESE had previously approved revisions to the other sections included in this NOI at its June 22, 2016, meeting. Because the revisions to Section 311 previously approved by the Board were rescinded as part of its October action, the policy revisions to Bulletin 1922 are being resubmitted in their entirety (Sections 101, 105, 107, 109, 301, 303, 305, 307, and 313 previously approved by BESE on June 22, 2016; and Section 311 approved by BESE on October 12, 2016). This Rulemaking Docket entry for these revisions supercedes the Bulletin 1922 entry found under "June 2016."

Description (June 2016 revisions): Bulletin 1922, Compliance Monitoring Procedures, outlines the processes for special education monitoring in Louisiana.  Key revisions include:
  • Aligning state policy with data privacy statutes;
  • Placing LEAs in tiered categories for monitoring selection - low, moderate, and high risk;
  • Adding Types 1B and 3B charter schools to list of LEAs subject to monitoring;
  • Adding LEA determinations to list strategies and components that may be utilized during the monitoring process; and 
  • Allowing on-site visits to be conducted by state- authorized individuals with training and experience in the program areas that are being monitored.

The revisions were recommended by a group of stakeholders who met in April 2016. The stakeholders group included parents, SPED Directors, a BESE member, Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) staff, Charter School SPED Directors, and others. The recommendations were presented to the Special Education Advisory Panel in May 2016.

Description (October 2016 revisions): Revisions to Section 311 as presented by the LDE.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


August 2016

Bulletin 111, The LA School, District, and State Accountability System
Sections 301 and 611
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)
08/10/16 09/08/16 09/20/16 10/10/16 12/20/16 12/20/16
 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
10/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: The proposed revisions to Bulletin 111 include the following:
  • Updating high school progress points: Due to the phase out of EXPLORE and PLAN assessments, the proposal updates high school progress point policies using the average of EXPLORE to PLAN points earned in the two previous years (2014-2015 and 2015-2016) in combination with 2016-2017 PLAN to ACT growth in calculating 2016-2017 high school progress points.
  • Updating dropout assignment policy: This policy will change the way dropouts are assigned to students who transfer to another school when a request for records is received by a sending school. Current policy assigns the dropout to the last school of record. This change will assign the dropout to the receiving school that sent a records request beginning in 2016-2017, as recommended by district and school leadership.
  • Updating Exit Codes: The policy is being  updated to reflect cohort graduation legitimate leaver codes and documentation required for application in the Student Information System.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2016, 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
Section 1921
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)
08/10/16 09/08/16 09/20/16 10/10/16 12/20/16 12/20/16
 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
10/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: Pursuant to federal requirements within Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund State Plan, submitted in March 2016, and in order to meet the federal requirements within the Child Care Development Fund State Plan the following revisions are needed to Bulletin 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations: §1921. Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Planning:

§1921. Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Planning
  • Early learning centers must conduct practice drills at least twice a year,
  • Practice drills must include all children, and
  • Practice drills must be documented.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2016, 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 Program
Sections 309, 311, 313, 321, 509, and 511
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)
08/10/16 09/08/16 09/20/16 10/10/16 12/20/16 12/20/16
 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
10/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: The revisions to Bulletin 139 align the Louisiana CCAP program with federal requirements. Additionally, the revisions reduce eligibility requirements, which are among the most stringent in the country and prevent full accessibility of the funding to Louisiana working families. The revisions to Bulletin 139 seek to:
  • Reduce the work or job training requirement to 20 hours from 30 hours a week;
  • Allow students, who are enrolled as a full-time student in an education and/or training program resulting in a degree or certificate designed to promote job skills and employability, to participate (full-time status is determined by the institution, which must be accredited by the state of Louisiana or a national organization).
  • Provide an exception to families of children with special needs by reducing the employment and training activity requirements to an average of 15 hours per week.

    Note: Income limits will still be applied to all of the above households.

A report analyzing the impact of training and employment requirements on child care participation and workforce participation will be completed and shared with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) no later than August 2019.

Additional revisions related to changes in federal law seek to:

  • Limit the amount of time a homeless family is categorically eligible to one year from 180 days as required by the reauthorization of the federal law.
  • Provide for a graduated phase-out period of two months for families, which are above the income limits, when seeking redetermination.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2016, 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 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)
08/10/16 09/08/16 09/20/16 10/10/16 12/20/16 12/20/16
 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
10/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: The proposed revisions provide for a student with a disability, as defined in Bulletin 1706, who is no longer enrolled in public schools and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma or was denied graduation solely for failing to meet the exit examination requirements to petition the local school board to determine if the student is eligible to receive a high school diploma. The deadline for petition is December 31, 2017.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2016, 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 540 and 543
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)
08/10/16 09/08/16 09/20/16 10/10/16 12/20/16 12/20/16
 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
10/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: The following proposed revisions align Bulletin 1706 with Act 522 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session:
  • §540. Definitions - The five minute threshold for physically restraining a student has been removed.
  • §543. Restrictions of the Use of Seclusion or Physical Restraint. - The documentation of repeated incidents of seclusion or physical restraints will be reviewed by the special education director in the LEA.

The law requires that LEA guidelines and procedures regarding seclusion and restraints be provided to the LDE and posted on each school and LEA website. LEAs must also use the Special Education Reporting (SER) System for reporting incidents and all instances must be reported at least monthly.

The LDE, using SER, will compile an annual comprehensive report. The report will be posted to the LDE website and a printed copy will be provided to the Senate and House Committees on Education and the Advisory Council on Student Behavior and Discipline.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., October 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


June 2016


Bulletin 111, The LA School, District, and State Accountability System
Sections 301, 405, and 613
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY, REVISED POLICY (REVISION)
 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)
06/22/16 08/05/16 08/20/16 09/13/16 12/20/16 12/20/16
 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
09/08/16 None
- - - -
Description: (NOTE: proposal was revised in committee. Please see "REVISION" link above) The revisions to Bulletin 111 address the following:
  • The inclusion of Grade 11 students in the ACT index:  Currently, grade 12 students are included in the ACT index.  The student transcript system is being updated for 2016-2017 to include Grade 11 graduates.  Thus, to include these students, the LDE proposes updating the related policies to these students.
  • 2015-2016 K-8 social studies field test policy clarification:  In order to limit impact of population changes, the LDE proposes weighting the carried forward social studies assessment for the 2015-2016 testing population at a school.
  • Removal of the 45-day enrollment policy for graduates within the same LEA:  Currently, in order to award fifth-year graduate points, the student must enroll for a minimum of 45 days.  The LDE proposes removing the 45-day enrollment rule if the student is graduating from the same LEA.
  • Other UpdatesRemove prior graduation policy that is currently in conflict with the current cohort graduation calculation methods.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2016, 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
Section 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)
06/22/16 08/05/16 08/20/16 09/13/16 11/20/16 11/20/16
 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
09/08/16 None
- - - -
Description: Act 91 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session provides for the unification of public schools in Orleans Parish under the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board. In accordance with the new law, BESE approved the following revision to Bulletin 126:

§519. Local School Board Consideration of Charter Application, Awarding of Charters, is revised to align the process for determining the length of initial Type 3B charter terms to the process provided for in Act  91 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. This ensures that this process will also be used for Recovery School District (RSD) charter schools transferring to the Orleans Parish School Board in 2017 prior to the final transition of all RSD schools to the Orleans Parish School  Board in 2018;
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 129, The Recovery School District
Section 505
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)
06/22/16 08/05/16 08/20/16 09/13/16 11/20/16 11/20/16
 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
09/08/16 None
- - - -
Description: Act 91 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session provides for the unification of public schools in Orleans Parish under the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board. In accordance with the new law, BESE approved the following revision to Bulletin 129:

§505. Return of Schools to Local School Board, to add language from Act 91 that provides for specific responsibilities of BESE as it relates to the potential postponement of the unification of schools in Orleans Parish for specified reasons.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2016, 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 Program
Sections 103 and 515
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)
06/22/16 08/08/16 08/20/16 09/13/16 11/20/16 11/20/16
 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
09/08/16 None
- - - -
Description: Bulletin 139 requires the LDE to work with members of the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council (ECCE) to develop a proposal related to the CCAP eligibility requirements and CCAP payments for children with special needs.  Currently, only one child in Louisiana meets the current eligibility criteria outlined in policy for the CCAP special rate due to the policy definition of special needs and requirements for the care provided. BESE approved the following revisions to CCAP:

  1. Definition
  • Children with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) or Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act will qualify for the Special Needs Care Incentive rate.
  1. Subsidy Rates
  • The Special  Needs Care Incentive for Infant/toddler will increase from $26.65 per day to $28.25.
  • The Special Needs Care Incentive for Pre-kindergarten will increase from $25.65 per day to $27.00.
  • Families that qualify for CCAP will qualify for the full Special Needs Care Incentive rate, with no state required co-pay.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2016, 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 101, 103, 313, 503, 509, 511, 512, 513, 515, 517, 521, 703, 705, 707, 709, and 713
PREVIOUS POLICY |  REVISED POLICY, REVISED POLICY (REVISION)
 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)
06/22/16 08/08/16 08/20/16 09/13/16 11/20/16 11/20/16
 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
09/08/16 None - - - -
Description: (NOTE: proposal was revised in committee. Please see "REVISIONS" link above) Bulletin 140 is a set of regulations focused specifically on Early Childhood Community Networks, which addresses three critical needs:
  1. Ensure one organization within each local Community Network coordinates across programs (child care, Head Start, school-based pre-kindergarten);
  2. 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
  3. Establish a unified quality and improvement system, specify how programs and Community Networks will be evaluated in the 2015-2016 Learning Year, and establish processes for fairness and equity for programs.

The first year of implementation of policy contained in Bulletin 140 was a learning year and the policy itself calls for revision of policy prior to the start of the 2016-2017 year.

Bulletin Revisions: BESE approved the following revisions to Bulletin 140, which reflect these key shifts based on results from the 2015-2016 Learning Year:

1. Communicate Differences in Quality:

  • Current system states that 96 percent of sites are the same, yet domain results highlight important differences.
  • Weight domains equally use a four-level scale, as recommended by authors of CLASS in an effort to help families understand differences (Excellent – Proficient – Approaching Proficient – Unsatisfactory).

2. Honor Quality and Improvement:

  • Release an annual Honor Roll to recognize sites that are rated “Excellent.”
  • Recognize sites and networks that improve scores or ratings as “Top Gains.”

3. Address Sites Rated Very Low Quality

  • Sites that consistently fail to reach minimum expectations by earning an Unsatisfactory rating for two years in any three year period will lose approval and funding (no earlier than July 2019).

4. Increase Observation Accuracy and Credibility

  • High scores, low scores, and concerning patterns will trigger additional third-party observations, whereby third-party scores will be used instead of local observations.
  • Local observers, which have scores that differ by >1 point with comparable observations, will be notified and subsequently "shadow-scored" to aid in improving reliability. Observers, who do not improve above 50 percent reliability, will be prohibited from observing.

5. Increase Transparency, Ensure Parent Choice, and Support Coordinated Enrollment:

  • Keep expectations consistent, add elements to reports concerning parent choice and funding decision-making, and support communities in order for local systems to continue to improve.

6. Extend the Academic Approval Process Beyond the Learning Year:

  • Type III Early Learning Centers must participate in the quality rating and improvement system in order to receive or renew academic approval. Approval will be tied to performance within the accountability system for future years.

In addition to approval as a Notice of Intent, BESE also approved these revisions as a Declaration of Emergency, effective June 22, 2016, for a period of 120 days from adoption, or until finally adopted as Rule, in order for policy implementation prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2016, 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 1103, 2307, 2318, 2907, 3309, and 3701
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)
06/22/16 08/05/16 08/20/16 09/13/16 11/20/16 11/20/16
 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
09/08/16 None
- - - -
Description: In March 2010, BESE approved a proposal submitted by the Louisiana Department of Educaiton (LDE) that required all public schools with K-3 enrollment to administer the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, 7th Edition (DIBELS Next) as the approved K-3 reading assessment.

In August 2013, the Board amended the March 2010 DIBELS Next requirement that all public schools with a K-3 enrollment, or some variation thereof, administer the DIBELS Next reading assessment, to include a condition requiring DIBELS Next, unless the LDE approved an alternate reading assessment in lieu ofDIBELS Next through a waiver, submitted by the Local Education Agency (LEA).

The proposed revisions to Bulletin 741, 
Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, add to the list of accepted K-3 literacy assessments, those alternate reading assessments that have been consistently requested by LEAs in waiver applications approved by BESE since 2013.  The proposed revisions would reduce the number of waiver requests for K-3 alternate reading assessments.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 746, A Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Section 417
NO CURRENT POLICY (section does not exist)  |  NEW POLICY, NEW POLICY (REVISION)
 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)
06/22/16 08/08/16 08/20/16 09/13/16 11/20/16 11/20/16
 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
09/08/16 None
- - - -
Description: (NOTE: proposal was revised in committee. Please see "REVISION" link above) Pursuant to Act 130 of the 2016 Louisiana Regular Session, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel, to establish an Educational Leader in Special Education Ancillary Certificate. The Educational Leader in Special Education Ancillary Certificate authorizes the holder to serve as a supervisor, director, or coordinator of special education.

Eligibility for the certificate is based on the applicant holding a valid Louisiana ancillary certificate in a special education-related field. Additionally, the applicant must have three years of work experience in his/her area of certification, 240 documented hours of leadership experience, a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, and a passing score on the requisite educational leader exam.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 1922, Compliance Monitoring Procedures
Sections 101, 105, 107, 109, 301, 303, 305, 307, 311, and 313
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE (see note below)
 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)
06/22/16 08/05/16 08/20/16 10/03/16 - - See note below
 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
09/08/16 09/29/16
- - - -
Note: The Section 311 revisions in this NOI were subsequently rescinded by BESE on October 12, 2012 prior to the conclusion of the NOI process, therefore the policy revision is being resubmitted in its entirety (Sections 101, 105, 107, 109, 301, 303, 305, 307, and 313 previously approved by BESE on June 22, 2016; and Section 311 approved by BESE on October 12, 2016). The Rulemaking Docket entry for these revisions found under "October 2016" supercedes this entry.

Description:
 

Bulletin 1922, Compliance Monitoring Procedures, outlines the processes for special education monitoring in Louisiana.  Key revisions include:

  • Aligning state policy with data privacy statutes;
  • Placing LEAs in tiered categories for monitoring selection - low, moderate, and high risk;
  • Adding Types 1B and 3B charter schools to list of LEAs subject to monitoring;
  • Adding LEA determinations to list strategies and components that may be utilized during the monitoring process; and 
  • Allowing on-site visits to be conducted by state- authorized individuals with training and experience in the program areas that are being monitored.

The revisions were recommended by a group of stakeholders who met in April 2016. The stakeholders group included parents, SPED Directors, a BESE member, Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) staff, Charter School SPED Directors, and others. The recommendations were presented to the Special Education Advisory Panel in May 2016.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


March 2016

Bulletin 111, The LA School, District, and State Accountability System
Section 613
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)
03/04/16 03/28/16 04/20/16 05/10/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: In April 2015, BESE approved policy that created a pathway to a diploma for students assessed on the Louisiana Alternate Assessment Level 1 (LAA 1). The proposed revisions to Bulletin 111 update language regarding the graduation index calculation to include high school diplomas earned through the pathway for students assessed on the LAA 1.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, 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
Sections 103 and 2701
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)
03/04/16 03/31/16 04/20/16 05/10/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: The proposed revisions provide for the implementation of a uniform policy to require Type 2 charter schools to collect and verify student residency information. Specifically, the proposed revisions require Type 2 charter schools to collect documents from families confirming the residency of the student and verifying the correct city or parish school district in which the student resides.

Additionally, the proposed revisions contain a list of documents that will be acceptable as evidence of residency. In researching what would constitute an acceptable policy on residency requirements, LDE staff reviewed the residency documentation requirements for six school systems. For each of those systems, LDE staff reviewed the type and number of documents required as evidence of domicile/residency of students. On average, these school systems require three (3) documents as evidence of residency. The LDE therefore recommends that the Type 2 charter school policies require three (3) documents as proof of residency.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, 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
Section 2301
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)
03/04/16 03/31/16 04/20/16 05/10/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: Act 467 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session modified previous statutory language relating to the funding of charter schools located in Orleans Parish. In response, the following revisions to Bulletin 126, §2301. State Funding, removes language that was deleted in statute by Act 467 and references Bulletin 129, The Recovery School District: §1111. Allocation of Funds.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 129, The Recovery School District
Section 1111
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)
03/04/16 03/31/16 04/20/16 05/10/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: Act 467 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session modified previous statutory language relating to the funding of charter schools located in Orleans Parish. In response, the following revisions to Bulletin 129, §1111. Allocation of Funds, codify the requirement of Act 467 for BESE to approve a single district-level computation for allocations to public schools in Orleans Parish based on student characteristics or needs, to be effective July 1, 2016.

The policy further incorporates the Act 467 directive that the Department facilitate a collaborative process with local stakeholders to aid in the development of the district-level allocation policy.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 141, Louisiana Student Standards for English Language Arts
All sections
NO PREVIOUS POLICY (new bulletin)  |  NEW 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)
03/04/16 04/08/16 (Pt 1, Pt 2) 04/20/16 05/27/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 05/27/16
06/07/16 None
Description: R.S. 17:24.4 requires BESE to develop state content standards for required subjects to be taught in the public elementary and secondary schools of this state. 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 the statute, they 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 and school leaders, postsecondary education leaders, and business and industry leaders.

Act 329 of the 2015 Regular Session provided for the review and development of state content standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. BESE convened a steering committee and three content subcommittees to review and develop the standards, which were approved by the Board on March 4, 2016.

The proposed policy change establishes Bulletin 141, Louisiana Student Standards for English Language Arts.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 142, Louisiana Student Standards for Mathematics
All sections
NO PREVIOUS POLICY (new bulletin)  |  NEW 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)
03/04/16 04/08/16 (Pt 1, Pt 2) 04/20/16 05/27/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 05/27/16
06/07/16 None
Description: R.S. 17:24.4 requires BESE to develop state content standards for required subjects to be taught in the public elementary and secondary schools of this state. 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 the statute, they 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 and school leaders, postsecondary education leaders, and business and industry leaders.

Act 329 of the 2015 Regular Session provided for the review and development of state content standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. BESE convened a steering committee and three content subcommittees to review and develop the standards, which were approved by the Board on March 4, 2016.

The proposed policy change establishes Bulletin 142, Louisiana Student Standards for Mathematics.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, 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 and 2353
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)
03/04/16 03/28/16 04/20/16 05/10/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: Senate Resolution 162 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session requests that the Louisiana Department of Education, in consultation with the Board of Regents, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and the Department of Economic Development, study and make recommendations regarding the feasibility of establishing the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science course as an equivalent advanced mathematics course for purposes of satisfying high school graduation requirements and for determining student eligibility to receive a Louisiana Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) award.

In response to Senate Resolution 162, and with the concurrence of partner agencies, the Board approved revisions to:
  1. Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, and
  2. Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators.
The revisions include AP Computer Science A as an Advanced Math class to align the TOPS University Diploma requirements with the TOPS core curriculum, pursuant to the authority granted to BESE through R.S. 17:3048.1.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Nonpublic Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 2109 and 2323
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)
03/04/16 03/28/16 04/20/16 05/10/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: Senate Resolution 162 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session requests that the Louisiana Department of Education, in consultation with the Board of Regents, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and the Department of Economic Development, study and make recommendations regarding the feasibility of establishing the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science course as an equivalent advanced mathematics course for purposes of satisfying high school graduation requirements and for determining student eligibility to receive a Louisiana Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) award.

In response to Senate Resolution 162, and with the concurrence of partner agencies, the Board approved revisions to:
  1. Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, and
  2. Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators.
The revisions include AP Computer Science A as an Advanced Math class to align the TOPS University Diploma requirements with the TOPS core curriculum, pursuant to the authority granted to BESE through R.S. 17:3048.1.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 1955, Louisiana Mathematics Content Standards
All sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY (repeal bulletin)
 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)
03/04/16 03/28/16 04/20/16 05/10/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: R.S. 17:24.4 requires BESE to develop state content standards for required subjects to be taught in the public elementary and secondary schools of this state. 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 the statute, they 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 and school leaders, postsecondary education leaders, and business and industry leaders.

Act 329 of the 2015 Regular Session provided for the review and development of state content standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. BESE convened a steering committee and three content subcommittees to review and develop the standards, which were approved by the Board on March 4, 2016.

The proposed policy revision repeals Bulletin 1955, Louisiana Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Expectations for Mathematics.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 1965, Louisiana English Language Arts Content Standards
All sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY (repeal bulletin)
 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)
03/04/16 03/31/16 (Pt 1, Pt 2) 04/20/16 05/10/16 07/20/16 07/20/16
 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
05/09/16 None
- - - -
Description: R.S. 17:24.4 requires BESE to develop state content standards for required subjects to be taught in the public elementary and secondary schools of this state. 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 the statute, they 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 and school leaders, postsecondary education leaders, and business and industry leaders.

Act 329 of the 2015 Regular Session provided for the review and development of state content standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. BESE convened a steering committee and three content subcommittees to review and develop the standards, which were approved by the Board on March 4, 2016.

The proposed policy revision repeals Bulletin 1965, Louisiana Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Expectations for English Language Arts.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m., May 9, 2016, 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 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs
Sections 741, 743, and 745
10/12/16
Rescinded 12/09/16
11/20/16
12/20/16
 120 days
120 days
Bulletin 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations
Section 1703
 09/01/16 09/20/16 120 days 
Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Sections 2701, 2703, 2707, and 2709
08/24/16
12/05/16
09/20/16
12/20/16
120 days
120 days
Bulletin 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
Chapters 1, 3, 5, 7
06/24/16
07/20/16 120 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.

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