BESE Rulemaking Docket  |  Updated 09/20/18

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


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

A guide to using the Rulemaking Docket is available here.






NOTICES OF INTENT

August 2018

Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Sections 5105, 5701, 6803, and 6813
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 Pt.1, Pt.2 09/20/18 - - - - 12/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/10/18 - -
- - - -
Description: The LEAP 2025 United States History assessment was administered for the first time during the 2017-2018 school year. Educator stakeholder committees including teachers, principals, superintendents, chief academic officers, etc. were involved in each step of the development process prior to the first operational administration of this new assessment. Also, Educator committees review student performance following test administration, continue to review achievement throughout the process of standard setting, and recommend the attached performance level cut scores to BESE. The proposed policy revisions:
  • Clarify policy regarding assessments and results; and
  • Outline performance level cut scores for the LEAP 2025 United States History End of Course assessment.

In addition, revisions to Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices, align policy with recent state legislation and currently proposed policy changes. These revisions include:

  • Requiring the department to provide assessment results for each student who is administered the standards-based assessments in English language arts and mathematics to each public school governing authority no later than June 30 each year (Act 517 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session).
Note: Among these revisions, the Board adopted as a Declaration of Emergency, the revisions to sections 5701, 6803, and 6813, effective August 15, 2018, for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule.


Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2018, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 119, Louisiana School Transportation Specifications and Procedures
Sections 309 and 1505
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)
08/15/18 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: During the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, several laws were enacted that necessitate updates to BESE regulations. Proposed bulletin revisions to Bulletin 119 include:
  • Require public school boards to notify certain school bus operators of route vacancies by mail (Act 699 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session); and
  • Update procedures for the removal of permanent school bus operators (Act 238 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session).
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 126, Charter Schools
Sections 105, 515, 1101, 2101, 2711, and 3705
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 09/20/18 - - - - 12/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/10/18 - -
- - - -
Description: During the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, several laws were enacted that necessitate updates to BESE regulations. Proposed revisions to Bulletin 126 include:
  • Update terminology to refer to students as “economically disadvantaged” instead of “at-risk” (Act 307 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session); and
  • Update policies relative to parent representation on the membership of charter school boards (Act 646 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session).
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2018, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 135, Health and Safety
Section 303
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)
08/15/18 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: 

During the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, several laws were enacted that necessitate updates to BESE regulations. Proposed revisions to Bulletin 135 include:

  • Requires students who are entering the eleventh grade, or who are 16 and entering any grade, to provide satisfactory evidence of current immunization against meningococcal disease as a condition of school entry (Act 196 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session). Note that this law retains the ability of parents to choose not to have their children immunized, and that language remains in Bulletin 135.
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 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
Sections 103, 309, 511, 703, and 709
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)
08/15/18 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: During the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, several laws were enacted that necessitate updates to BESE regulations. Proposed revisions to Bulletin 140 include:

  • Update terminology to refer to students as "economically disadvantaged" instead of "at-risk" (Act 307 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session).
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 339, 349, 2305, 2307, 2317, 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)
08/15/18 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: During the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, several laws were enacted that necessitate updates to BESE regulations. Proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 include:

  • Update terminology to refer to students as “economically disadvantaged” instead of “at-risk” (Act 307 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session);
  • Require instruction in public high schools pertaining to the prevention of shaken baby syndrome (Act 300 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session);
  • Recognize high school graduates who meet certain academic eligibility criteria relative to world language proficiency (Act 89 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session);
  • Require school crisis management and response plans to address parental notification in the event of an emergency situation (Act 168 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session);
  • Provide for consideration of gifted evaluations and additional services based on the results of existing elementary school literacy screenings (Act 688 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session);
  • Require that any instruction relative to alcohol, tobacco, drug, and substance abuse prevention and education shall include the information that mixing opioids and alcohol can lead to accidental death (Act 694 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session);
  • Require LEAs to develop resources, policies, procedures, and guidelines to address the potential for violence and terrorism in schools under its jurisdiction (Act 716 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session);
  • Require LEAs to adopt policies regarding access by students to internet and online sites that contain or make reference to indecent behavior conducive to the creation of a hostile or dangerous school environment (Act 369 of the Regular Legislative Session); and
  • Uncouple AP Physics I and AP Physics II for purposes of earning TOPS credit (Act 671 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session).
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 1301, 1309, and 2109
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)
08/15/18 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: During the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, several laws were enacted that necessitate updates to BESE regulations. Proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic) include:

  • Require that any instruction relative to alcohol, tobacco, drug, and substance abuse prevention and education shall include the information that mixing opioids and alcohol can lead to accidental death (Act 694 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session); and
  • Uncouple AP Physics I and AP Physics II for purposes of earning TOPS credit (Act 671 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session).
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 1566, Pupil Progression Policies and Procedures
Section 503
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 09/20/18 - - - - 12/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/10/18 - -
- - - -
Description: In October 2017, BESE adopted revisions to Bulletin 1566 requiring the following of Local Education Agencies (LEAs), beginning with the end of the 2017-2018 school year and at the end of each school year thereafter:

Continuing students entering grades 3-8:
  • Identify third and fourth grade students who have scored below “basic” achievement level in a minimum of two core academic subjects, including English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies; and
  • Determine promotion decisions for fourth grade students based on a preponderance of evidence of student achievement; however, whether promoted or retained, students not meeting minimum academic expectations will be provided with an individual academic improvement plan. The plan must remain in effect until such time as the student performance in identified subjects increases to the basic achievement level.

Continuing students entering grade 9:

  • Eighth grade students must score at least at the “basic” achievement level in either ELA or mathematics and “approaching basic” in the other subject in order to be promoted to the ninth grade; however, students not meeting the promotion standard after taking the eighth grade state assessments may be placed on a high school campus in transitional ninth grade.

The proposed revisions to Bulletin 1566 relate to student placement in first grade and the transfer of students from out-of-state schools, non-public schools, and home study programs. The revisions outline:

  • Prerequisites to enrollment in first grade; and
  • Requirements for students transferring into public schools seeking to enroll in fifth and ninth grade. These students must take and pass the ELA and mathematics portions of the LEAP placement test.

Several LEAs have since requested to be able to address placement and promotion for transfer students in the same manner in which addressed for continuing public school students, and to be able to do so beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. 

Note: The Board adopted these revisions as a Declaration of Emergencyeffective August 15, 2018, for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2018, 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
Section 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)
08/15/18 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: During the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, several laws were enacted that necessitate updates to BESE regulations. Proposed revisions to Bulletin 1706 include:

  • Update terminology to refer to students as “economically disadvantaged” instead of “at-risk” (Act 307 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session).
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 126, Charter Schools
Sections 2107, 2903, and 2905
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 - - - - - - 12/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/10/18 - -
- - - -
Description: Act 634 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session prohibits all public school boards, school systems, and nonpublic schools from hiring a person as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher if the person has:
  • been convicted of or has pled nolo contendere to any felony offense even if adjudication was withheld or a pardon or expungement was granted,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) or the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) as part of an application for certification or teaching authorization,  and/or
  • been found to have facilitated cheating on any state assessment as determined by BESE.

Further, Act 634 requires BESE to promulgate rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et seq.) to establish a process for issuing a teaching authorization to a person seeking employment as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher in any school,  public or nonpublic, that does not require a Louisiana certification for employment. Such rules and regulations shall be limited to procedures for determining if a person has:

  • a criminal history,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation related to the issuance of the teaching authorization, and/or
  • facilitated cheating on any state assessment administered to students.
The proposed revisions align BESE policy with Act 634.

Note: The Board adopted these revisions as a Declaration of Emergencyeffective August 15, 2018, for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2018, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 501 and 504
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 - - - - - - 12/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/10/18 - -
- - - -
Description: Act 634 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session prohibits all public school boards, school systems, and nonpublic schools from hiring a person as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher if the person has:
  • been convicted of or has pled nolo contendere to any felony offense even if adjudication was withheld or a pardon or expungement was granted,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) or the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) as part of an application for certification or teaching authorization,  and/or
  • been found to have facilitated cheating on any state assessment as determined by BESE.

Further, Act 634 requires BESE to promulgate rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et seq.) to establish a process for issuing a teaching authorization to a person seeking employment as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher in any school,  public or nonpublic, that does not require a Louisiana certification for employment. Such rules and regulations shall be limited to procedures for determining if a person has:

  • a criminal history,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation related to the issuance of the teaching authorization, and/or
  • facilitated cheating on any state assessment administered to students.
The proposed revisions align BESE policy with Act 634.

Note: The Board adopted these revisions as a Declaration of Emergencyeffective August 15, 2018, for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2018, 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 123 and 125
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 - - - - - - 12/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/10/18 - -
- - - -
Description: Act 634 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session prohibits all public school boards, school systems, and nonpublic schools from hiring a person as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher if the person has:
  • been convicted of or has pled nolo contendere to any felony offense even if adjudication was withheld or a pardon or expungement was granted,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) or the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) as part of an application for certification or teaching authorization,  and/or
  • been found to have facilitated cheating on any state assessment as determined by BESE.

Further, Act 634 requires BESE to promulgate rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et seq.) to establish a process for issuing a teaching authorization to a person seeking employment as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher in any school,  public or nonpublic, that does not require a Louisiana certification for employment. Such rules and regulations shall be limited to procedures for determining if a person has:

  • a criminal history,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation related to the issuance of the teaching authorization, and/or
  • facilitated cheating on any state assessment administered to students.
The proposed revisions align BESE policy with Act 634.

Note: The Board adopted these revisions as a Declaration of Emergencyeffective August 15, 2018, for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2018, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 745, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Establish new bulletin
CURRENT POLICY (none) |  PROPOSED 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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 - - - - - - 12/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/10/18 - -
- - - -
Description: Act 634 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session prohibits all public school boards, school systems, and nonpublic schools from hiring a person as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher if the person has:
  • been convicted of or has pled nolo contendere to any felony offense even if adjudication was withheld or a pardon or expungement was granted,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) or the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) as part of an application for certification or teaching authorization,  and/or
  • been found to have facilitated cheating on any state assessment as determined by BESE.

Further, Act 634 requires BESE to promulgate rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et seq.) to establish a process for issuing a teaching authorization to a person seeking employment as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher in any school,  public or nonpublic, that does not require a Louisiana certification for employment. Such rules and regulations shall be limited to procedures for determining if a person has:

  • a criminal history,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation related to the issuance of the teaching authorization, and/or
  • facilitated cheating on any state assessment administered to students.

Establishment of the proposed new bulletin aligns BESE policy with Act 634:


Bulletin 745, Louisiana Teaching Authorizations of School Personnel
, includes regulations, in a separate bulletin, requirements per Act 634, and detail procedures consistent with the provisions to determine eligibility conditions for issuance of teaching authorizations.

Note: The Board adopted this new policy bulletin as a Declaration of Emergency
effective August 15, 2018, for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2018, 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 311, 903, 905, 906, 911
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 - - - - - - 12/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/10/18 - -
- - - -
Description: Act 634 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session prohibits all public school boards, school systems, and nonpublic schools from hiring a person as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher if the person has:
  • been convicted of or has pled nolo contendere to any felony offense even if adjudication was withheld or a pardon or expungement was granted,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) or the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) as part of an application for certification or teaching authorization,  and/or
  • been found to have facilitated cheating on any state assessment as determined by BESE.

Further, Act 634 requires BESE to promulgate rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et seq.) to establish a process for issuing a teaching authorization to a person seeking employment as an administrator, teacher, or substitute teacher in any school,  public or nonpublic, that does not require a Louisiana certification for employment. Such rules and regulations shall be limited to procedures for determining if a person has:

  • a criminal history,
  • submitted fraudulent documentation related to the issuance of the teaching authorization, and/or
  • facilitated cheating on any state assessment administered to students.
The proposed revisions align BESE policy with Act 634.

Note: The Board adopted these revisions as a Declaration of Emergencyeffective August 15, 2018, for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2018, 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, 348, and 648
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)
08/15/18 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: Educational Testing Services (ETS) has released an updated version of the Praxis exam for school leaders, the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (6990). This exam will be available effective September 1, 2019, and will replace the current School Leaders Licensure Assessment (6011). The 6011 exam will no longer be offered effective August 31, 2019.

The key changes to the new 6990 exam include:

  • Reduce number of constructive response items from 7 to 4;

  • Increase time to take the new test from 120 minutes to 165 minutes;

  • Add Climate and Cultural Leadership section with 22 questions; and

  • Remove the Education System section.

ETS conducted a multi state standard-setting study in January 2018. The LDE further recommends adoption of the nationally-recommended cut score for the 6990 exam of 151.

In December 2017, the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrators (LSASPA) submitted recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and  to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) regarding policy shifts to address teacher workforce needs.


In June 2018, BESE approved certification policy updates that addressed certain policy recommendations. Following the meeting, representatives from BESE, LSASPA, the Louisana Association of School Superintendents (LASS), and the Louisiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (LACTE) met to review the LSASPA recommendations relative to mathematics. The following proposed revisions were developed at that meeting:

 

Current Policy

Proposed Policy

Algebra I Add-on Endorsement

  • Requires applicants to pass the Middle School Mathematics PRAXIS (5169) and the Principals of Learning and Teaching PRAXIS Exam (Grades 7-12);
  • Requires applicants to complete Mathematics content modules that are no longer being offered; and
  • Requires applicants to hold a Level 2 or higher certificate.
  • Require applicants to pass the Middle School Mathematics PRAXIS (5169) and the Algebra I Content exam (5162);
  • Require applicants to hold a Level 1 or higher certificate; and
  • Charge the Department with studying the impact of this policy change and report findings to BESE in January 2020.

Math for Professional Certificate

Only allows for candidates to teach part-time.

Allows candidates to teach full-time or part-time.



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 St
ation, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 129, The Recovery School District
Sections 1103 and 1105
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)
08/15/18 - - - - - - - - - -
 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
- - - -
- - - -
Description: In order to align Bulletin 129 with recently updated reporting dates on BESE meeting agendas, a revision to current policy is required. The proposed revision aligns RSD budget reporting with other budget reviews and approvals conducted by BESE:

  • Codifies the month of the RSD Budget Review to August (annually), and
  • Codifies the month of the RSD Budget Approval to October (annually).
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.


June 2018

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Sections 607, 709, and 901
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)
06/20/18 08/10/18 08/20/18 09/10/18 - - 11/20/18
 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
09/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: In October 2017, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 111 in order to implement Louisiana’s federally approved state education plan. Further review of such revisions by Louisiana Department of Education staff and local school system leaders yielded additional recommendations to further clarify language regarding: measurement and reporting of K-3 school performance scores, subgroup performance scores, and recognition of fifth year graduates who earn associate degrees.


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


Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Sections 5305, 5309, and 5311
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)
06/20/18 07/10/18 07/20/18 08/10/18 - - 10/20/18
 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
08/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: BESE directed the Louisiana Department of Education to create a mechanism for school systems wishing to appeal test security decisions by the LDE. The policy revisions address the following:
  1. School systems are no longer required to investigate every void; however, school systems wishing to contest a void must submit a request in writing, including a report resulting from an investigation pursuant to Bulletin 118 §5305.A.3.
  2. Appeals will be heard annually, at a public meeting, by the test irregularity review committee. The committee will consist of the following members:
    • LDE Director of Assessment or his/her designee;
    • a degreed, experienced large-scale assessment psychometrician;
    • a nationally-recognized large-scale assessment expert;
    • a nationally-recognized large-scale assessment test security expert; and
    • a school system assessment and accountability representative
  1. The test irregularity review committee will make recommendations regarding any potential void reversals to the state superintendent.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on August 9, 2018, 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
 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)
06/20/18 07/10/18 07/20/18 08/16/18 - - 10/20/18
 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
08/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 137 regarding regulations for early learning center licensing, child health and safety, and technical edits.

According to R.S. 17:407.40, BESE shall conduct a comprehensive review of all standards, rules, and regulations for licenses every three years. In response, the Louisiana Department of Education launched a task force to review and provide input on changes to 
Bulletin 137. The task force was comprised of stakeholders including providers and child advocates. Over a six month period, the task force met multiple times to produce recommendations for improving regulations for all licensed early learning centers to keep Louisiana children safe and healthy.  Draft revisions of Bulletin 137 were endorsed by the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council in May 2018.

Among the proposed revisions to Bulletin 137, the Board adopted, as a Declaration of Emergency, effective June 20, 2018, for a period of 120 days from adoption or until finally adopted as Rule, the following revisions
§1805. Persons Ineligible for Child Care Purposes,  §1806. Types of CCCBC-Based Determinations of Eligibility for Child Care Purposes, §1819. Termination of Employment and Removal from Center and Premises, and §1823. Review of Determinations of Ineligibility for Owners, Directors, or Director Designees of Type III Centers.


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


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 2305, 2318, 2319, 2338, 2353, 2361, and 2363
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)
06/20/18 07/10/18 07/20/18 08/10/18 - - 10/20/18
 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
08/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: In accordance with Act 733 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, BESE approved the following proposed revisions to Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators. For purposes of satisfying TOPS University Diploma and TOPS scholarship eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen in 2014-2015 and beyond, the below course content has been reviewed by LDE staff, with input from Board of Regents, as follows:
 

§2318.  The TOPS University Diploma:

  • Course content for Environmental Awareness has been determined to be equivalent to the Environmental Science course.
  • Course content for Physical Geography has been determined to be equivalent to the World Geography course.
  • Course content for Statistical Reasoning has been determined to be equivalent to the Statistics and Probability course.
  • Course content for Principles of Engineering has been determined to be equivalent to the Physical Science course.
  • Course content for Engineering Design and DevelopmentDigital StorytellingSound Design, and Digital Image and Motion Graphics has been determined to be equivalent to the Art course(s).

For purposes of satisfying Career Diploma graduation requirements, the below course content has been reviewed by LDE staff, with input from Board of Regents, as follows: 

§2319.  The Career Diploma:

  • Course content for Transition to College Mathematics has been determined to be equivalent to themathematics course.
  • Course content for Statistical Reasoning has been determined to be equivalent to the mathematicscourse.

Other course related revisions:

§2353. Mathematics:

  • Provides that Statistical Reasoning and Transition to College Mathematics shall count each for one unit of credit.

§2338.  Digital Design:

  • Adds a list of Digital Design courses:  Engineering Design and Development; Digital Story Telling; Sound Design; Digital Image and Motion Graphics each for one unit of credit.

§2361.  Science:

  • Provides that Environmental Awareness and Principles of Engineering shall count each for one unit of credit.

§2363.  Social Studies:

  • Provides that Physical Geography shall count for one unit of credit.

Technical edits

§2363.  Social Studies:

  • World Geography is listed as meeting graduation requirements in §2318. The TOPS University Diploma but was inadvertently left out of the table for section §2363. Social Studies.  This request provides that World Geography be added to the table and shall count for one unit of credit.

Other:

  • Louisiana Wetland Ecology will be an elective credit for TOPS University Diploma students and one of the nine required Jump Start units for the Environmental Protection and Sustainability Pathway.  The LDE will work with the Statewide Articulation Council to have Louisiana Wetland Ecology recognized as a core science option for the TOPS University Diploma and as a Dual Enrollment/TOPS Weighted GPA option. 

In accordance with Act 154 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, the LDE requests BESE approval of proposed revisions to Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, as follows:

§2305.  Ancillary Areas of Instruction:

  • Provides for required instruction in personal financial management in public elementary and secondary schools.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on August 9, 2018, 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, 323, 348, 349, 414, 605, 803, 903, 905, 910, and 911
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)
06/20/18 08/10/18 08/20/18 09/10/18 - - 11/20/18
 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
09/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: In June 2017, BESE charged the Teacher Certification Appeals Council (TCAC) with making recommendations relative to the Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT) certificate so that school systems are better able to meet workforce needs.

In spring 2018, BESE and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) solicited stakeholder feedback from the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrators (LSASPA) and school systems regarding certification policy shifts to address teacher workforce needs, specifically for mathematics and for teachers serving students with special needs.

Additionally, Act 411 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session calls for the development of a certificate specific to teachers serving students with dyslexia. In response, as well as to reconcile certain certification requirements with state law, the Board approved the following revisions to Bulletin 746:

  1. Revisions regarding the Temporary Authority to Teach (TAT) certificate:
  • The Temporary Authority to Teach becomes a renewable certificate for up to three years, provided the educator receives effective ratings and is teaching in a demonstrated area of need. Further, the Teacher Certification Appeals Council may consider appeals relative to the TAT Certificate.
  1. Revisions regarding the Math for Professionals certificate:
  • Expand the eligibility criteria for the Math for Professionals certificate to include candidates who earned a master’s degree in engineering. 
  • Change the certificate's renewal terms so that the certificate is valid for three years initially and may be renewed every five years thereafter, provided the educator receives effective ratings pursuant to Bulletin 130, Regulations  for the Evaluation and Assessment of School Personnel.
  1. Revisions to certification areas relative to serving students with special needs:
  • Per Act 411 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, establish two ancillary certificate options for teachers serving students with dyslexia:
    • Dyslexia Practitioner Ancillary Certificate, and
    • Dyslexia Therapist Ancillary Certificate.
  • Create add-on endorsements in American Sign Language (ASL) for K-12 and 6-12 allowing certification in ASL as a foreign language by adopting the ASL PRAXIS exam.
  1. Revisions to reconcile certification requirements with state law:
  • Add a Provisional Mental Health Professional Counselor Certificate to align with state statute relative to mental health professional certificates.
  • Add the nine semester hours of required reading coursework or the passage of the teaching reading exam to the Early Childhood Ancillary Add-on Endorsement.
  1. Revisions to Chapter 9. Actions Related to the Suspension/Denial and Revocation of Louisiana Certificates, regarding records review process and technical edits.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on September 9, 2018 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 307, 309, 311, 313, 503, 705, 715, 1303, 1309, 1311, 2103, and 2709
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)
06/20/18 08/10/18 08/20/18 09/10/18 - - 11/20/18
 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
09/09/18 None
- - - -
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, periodic reviews of the BESE Code are conducted to identify any needed updates, technical edits, and revisions, as a result of changes in practice/procedure, legislation, or other regulations. Proposed revisions recommended by Board staff include:
  • Update all references to Recovery School District "superintendent" changing to "supervising executive";
  • Update rulemaking section (LAC 28:I.Chapter 13) in order to be in compliance with current requirements contained in R.S. 49:953(C)(1), as well new requirements established per Act 454 of the 2018 Regular Session;
  • Clarification regarding executive session procedure and possible discussion topics;
  • Clarification regarding notification procedures related to the 8(g) program and budget; and
  • Other technical edits

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


April 2018

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

Chapter 9
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)
04/18/18 05/10/18 05/20/18 06/11/18 08/20/18 08/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
06/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: R.S. 17:24.4 requires that BESE develop state content standards for required subjects to be taught in Louisiana public elementary and secondary schools. State content standards are statements that define what a student should know or be able to accomplish at the end of a specific time period or grade level or at the completion of a course. According to statute, the standards are to represent the knowledge and skills needed for students to successfully transition to postsecondary education and/or the workplace, as determined by content experts, elementary and secondary educators, school leaders, postsecondary education leaders, and business and industry leaders.

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

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

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


Bulletin 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
Sections 103, 307, 313, 503, 507, 509, 511, 512, 515, 517, 523, 703, and 705
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)
04/18/18 05/10/18 05/20/18 06/11/18 08/20/18 08/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
06/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: Bulletin 140 is a set of regulations focused specifically on Early Childhood Community Networks. The bulletin seeks to address three critical needs:
  • Ensure one organization within each local Community Network coordinates across programs (child care, Head Start, school-based Pre-K), and define organization responsibilities;
  • Set clear expectations for implementation of coordinated enrollment as required by Act 717 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, and establish processes to ensure fairness and equity for providers and families; and
  • Establish a unified quality rating and improvement system that specifies how programs and Community Networks are evaluated, and establishes processes for fairness and equity for programs.

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

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

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

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


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Section 2305
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)
04/18/18 05/10/18 05/20/18 06/11/18 08/20/18 08/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
06/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: In Louisiana and across the nation, concern is growing regarding the increase in drug addiction and use of opioids, including among youth. During the past  months, the LDE researched evidence-based programs, specific to opioids, and contacted school health coordinators to better understand the programs presently in use.

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

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


March 2018

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

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

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


January 2018

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

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

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


December 2017

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


October 2017

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

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


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

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


Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Many sections
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
10/18/17 12/12/17 12/20/17 01/10/18 03/20/18 03/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
01/09/18 None
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Note: Section 6115 was repromulgated to correct citation errors. The original Rule can be viewed in its entirety on pages 461-479 of the March 20, 2018 Louisiana Register.

Description:
 
On August 15, 2017, the United States Department of Education approved the Louisiana state education plan pursuant to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. In order to implement the Louisiana plan pursuant to the new federal law, revisions to Bulletin 111,The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System, and Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices, were required. In August 2017, the LDE posted for public review draft copies of these bulletin revisions and held public meetings to receive feedback from stakeholders, including the Superintendents Advisory Council and the Accountability Commission.

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


August 2017

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

Additional Bulletin 741 revisions are related to:

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


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


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


Bulletin 1706, Regulations for Implementation of the Children with Exceptionalities Act
Sections 113, 460, 530, and 905
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/16/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
- - - -
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

LAC 28, Part I, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Sections 503, 1107, and 1303
PREVIOUS POLICY  |  REVISED POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/21/17 01/10/18 01/20/18 02/09/18 04/20/18 04/20/18
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
02/08/18 None
- - - -
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 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs
Many sections
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/21/17 09/08/17 09/20/17 10/10/17 12/20/17 12/20/17
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
10/09/17 None
- - - -
Description: In June 2016, BESE approved and the Louisiana Board of Regents (BOR) endorsed the development and implementation of updated policies relative to the initial and ongoing approval of teacher preparation programs, and charged BESE and BOR with forming a workgroup to guide the development of these policies. The teacher preparation workgroup was formed following this charge and convened over the fall and winter to develop recommendations relative to the initial and ongoing approval of teacher preparation programs. The workgroup included experts from a variety of teacher preparation and K-12 backgrounds, and the recommendations were memorialized in a memo that was disseminated to BESE in the spring of 2017.

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

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

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

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





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 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Sections 5701, 6803, and 6813
08/15/18 09/20/18 120 days
Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Sections 2107, 2903, and 2905
08/15/18 09/20/18 120 days
Bulletin 741, La. Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 501 and 504
08/15/18 09/20/18 120 days
Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), La. Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 123 and 125
08/15/18 09/20/18 120 days
Bulletin 745, La. Teaching Authorizations of School Personnel
Establish new bulletin
08/15/18 09/20/18 120 days
Bulletin 746, La. Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Sections 311, 903, 905, 906, and 911
08/15/18 09/20/18 120 days
Bulletin 1566, Pupil Progression Policies and Procedures
Section 503
08/15/18 09/20/18 120 days
Bulletin 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations
Sections 1805, 1806, 1819, and 1823
06/28/18 07/20/18 120 days



Yearly Action Reports

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

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