BESE Rulemaking Docket  |  Updated 11/13/17

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

October 2017

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Section 4503
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 11/08/17 - - - - - - 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 - -
- - - -
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 126, Charter Schools
Many sections
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE, 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 - - - - - - 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 - -
- - - -
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 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 333 and 2318
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 09/08/17 - - - - - - 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 - -
- - - -
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
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)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 - - 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
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)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 - - 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: 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
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE, 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
 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: 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
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)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 - - 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: 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
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE, 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 - - 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: 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
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)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 - - 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: 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
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)
08/16/17 11/08/17 - - - - - - 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 - -
- - - -
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
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)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 - - 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: 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
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE: 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 - - - - - - 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 - - - - - -
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
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)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 - - 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: 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
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)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 - - 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: 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
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 08/10/17 08/20/17 09/11/17 - - 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
- - - -
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
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 08/10/17 08/20/17 09/11/17 - - 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
- - - -
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
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 - - - - - - - - - -
 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: 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
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 08/10/17 08/20/17 09/11/17 - - 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
- - - -
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
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 08/10/17 Pt.1, Pt. 2 08/20/17 09/11/17 - - 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
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 08/10/17 08/20/17 09/11/17 - - 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
- - - -
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
 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: 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.


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
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)
03/08/17 04/10/17 04/20/17 05/11/17 07/20/17 07/20/17
 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
05/10/17 None
- - - -
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. May 10, 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, 2341, and 2361
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)
03/08/17 04/10/17 04/20/17 05/11/17 07/20/17 07/20/17
 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
05/10/17 None
- - - -
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. May 10, 2017, 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
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)
03/08/17 04/10/17 04/20/17 05/11/17 07/20/17 07/20/17
 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
05/10/17 None - - - -
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., May 10, 2017, 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
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY, REVISED POLICY, 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 04/10/17 04/20/17 05/11/17 07/20/17 07/20/17
 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
05/10/17 None
- - - -
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., May 10, 2017, 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
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 02/20/17 03/13/17 05/20/17 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 01/20/17 02/10/17 04/20/17 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
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 01/20/17 02/10/17 04/20/17 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
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 Pt 1, 2, 3 02/20/17 03/13/17 05/20/17 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
12/07/16 01/10/17 01/20/17 02/10/17 04/20/17 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
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 04/10/17 Pt.1, Pt.2 04/20/17 05/11/17 07/20/17 07/20/17
 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
05/10/17 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., 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
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 04/10/17 04/20/17 05/11/17 07/20/17 07/20/17
 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
05/10/17 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., 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.





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 - - 120 days
Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child care and Development Fund Programs
Section 903
08/16/17 09/20/17 120 days 
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



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