BESE Rulemaking Docket  |  Updated 05/21/19

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


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

A guide to using the Rulemaking Docket is available here.






NOTICES OF INTENT

April 2019

Bulletin 130, Regulations for the Evaluation and Assessment of School Personnel
Section 315
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
04/17/19 05/08/19 05/20/19 - - - - 08/20/19
 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
06/09/19 - -
- - - -
Description: In March 2019, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 746 relative to the issuance, suspension, denial, and revocation of certificates based on standards of effectiveness. Revisions to Bulletin 130 are further required to align policy and statute regarding standards of effectiveness.
 

Educator certification issuance and renewal are contingent upon satisfactorily meeting the standards for effectiveness in accordance with Louisiana R.S. 17:3902, R.S. 17:3886, Bulletin 746, and Bulletin 130. Louisiana statute delineates that assistance, support, and resources be provided upon the first determination of an ineffective rating through an intensive assistance program developed and implemented by the local governing authority. Proposed revisions for consideration in Bulletin 130 align language in §315. Intensive Assistance, to statutory language.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2019, 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 117, 303, 901, 1309, and 2339
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
04/17/19 05/08/19 05/20/19 - - - - 08/20/19
 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
06/09/10 - -
- - - -
Description: In January 2018, the Louisiana Department of Education established a task force to complete a comprehensive review of Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic). Participants included a selection of Nonpublic School Council members, a BESE member, and nominees from various nonpublic schools. Initial revisions were presented to BESE in August 2018. The proposed revisions to current policy include alignment regarding suicide prevention, private music course credit, repeal of outdated language, and technical edits.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2019, 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 659, 906, 909, 910, and 911
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE Pt.1, Pt.2
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
04/17/19 05/08/19 05/20/19 - - - - 08/20/19
 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
06/09/19 - -
- - - -
Description: In March 2019, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 746 regarding suspension, denial, and revocation of Louisiana certificates and certification of school mental health counselors in school systems.


Educator certification issuance and renewal are contingent upon satisfactorily meeting the standards for effectiveness in accordance with Louisiana R.S. 17:3902, R.S. 17:3886, and Bulletin 130. 
Revisions proposed establish the process for certification relative to standards of effectiveness and the subsequent appeal process.

Upon review by the Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office, language contained within §906. Issuance of a Denied Certificate and §911. Issuance or Renewal of Certificates—Standards for Effectiveness, requires further revision in order to align the proposed revisions with statutory language regarding the standards of effectiveness for educators. As such, the attached backup documentation reflects additional revisions to §906.C.3 and §911.A-B.  Further, revisions in §909.B and §910.B correct language regarding "investigate" in lieu of "verify" based on guidance from legal staff.

Additionally, revisions approved by BESE in March 2019 for ancillary school certificates in §405. Counselor K-12 (Counselor in a School Setting), are also required in §659. Counselor K-12 (Counselor in a School Setting) relative to endorsements to existing certificates.

Current revisions and additions will be included with the sections approved by BESE in March 2019 (Sections 405, 901, 903, 904, 905, 906, 907, 908, 909, 910, 911) and submitted as a single NOI.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2019, 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
Sections 403 and 409 
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
04/17/19 05/08/19 05/20/19 - - - - 08/20/19
 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
06/09/19 - -
- - - -
Description: The federal Higher Education Act requires states to implement an accountability system for teacher preparation programs. The law specifically requires states to identify low-performing teacher preparation programs and provide a list of such programs to the U.S. Department of Education.

In March 2019, BESE directed the State Superintendent and Louisiana Department of Education staff to convene a meeting with BESE members, BESE staff, Board of Regents staff, the leadership of the Louisiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and other relevant program provider stakeholders to determine the appropriate timing for reporting of teacher and/or educational leader preparation program performance. 
The meeting was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and the proposed revisions to Bulletin 996 are based upon stakeholder feedback.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2019, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


March 2019

Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs
Sections 509 and 511
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)
03/17/19 04/10/19 04/20/19 05/13/19 - - 07/20/19
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
05/10/19 None
- - - -
Description: Upon review of BESE policy in Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) determined that the longstanding state policy regarding the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) one-time lifetime maximum for parents experiencing homelessness is not in alignment with other CCAP eligible households as well as federal regulations.

The current policy had been in place prior to the transition of CCAP to the LDE. Therefore, proposed revisions to §509 and §511 allow families experiencing homeless to qualify for CCAP more than once in a lifetime and allow for the federally mandated graduated phase out of CCAP to avoid the loss of early childhood care and education for this fragile population
.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on May 10, 2019, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 745, Louisiana Teaching Authorizations of School Personnel
Sections 103, 104, and 111
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)
03/17/19 04/10/19 04/20/19 05/13/19 - - 07/20/19
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
05/10/19 None
- - - -
Description: In August 2018, BESE established Bulletin 745,Louisiana Teaching Authorizations of School Personnelin accordance with Act 634 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session. The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) now proposes revisions to Bulletin 745 to include a records review process to appeal denied and revoked Teaching Authorizations, as well as the provisional issuance/reissuance outlined below regarding Chapter 9 of Bulletin 746.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on May 10, 2019, 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 411, 605, 1103, and 2901
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)
03/17/19 - - - - - - - - - -
 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:

Ancillary Counselor Certification
:

In response to stakeholder recommendations regarding school and mental health counselors, the proposed revisions permit certification for an individual with a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP). If a candidate’s program is in an area other than school counseling, the candidate must complete six hours of school counseling courses from a CACREP accredited program, as well as an internship and PRAXIS examination to be eligible for certification.

Chapter 9. Actions Related to the Suspension/Denial and Revocation of Louisiana Certificates:
Federal guidelines require that public policy documents reflect plain language.  As such, revisions include technical edits such as changing "shall" to "will" in compliance with expectations of the Division of Administration's Office of the State Register. These plain language revisions will continue as sections are opened for review and amended per Notices of Intent.

Additional revisions propose the removal of certified mail requirements and technical edits for felony crimes. The technical edits align language in sections where duplicated language is conflicting and consolidate sections outlining criminal offenses into one section that is then referenced throughout.

Further, educator certification issuance, renewal, and reinstatement are contingent upon satisfactorily meeting the standards of effectiveness in accordance with Louisiana R.S. 17:3902, R.S. 17:3886, and Bulletin 130, 
Regulations for the Evaluation and Assessment of School Personnel.  Louisiana statute also delineates that assistance, support, and resources be provided upon the first determination of an ineffective rating through an intensive assistance program developed and implemented by the local governing authority. Revisions proposed establish the process for certification relative to standards of effectiveness and the subsequent due process upon certification denial or suspension.

Finally, the addition of provisional issuance/reissuance facilitates the issuance/reissuance of certification in limited instances and on a more timely basis, which is not restricted by the meeting schedule of BESE. This provisional certification recommendation would be for a period of 90 days, pending ratification by BESE via the records review process at the next scheduled BESE meeting, and contingent upon the following:
  1. The felony conviction occurred more than 10 years prior;
  2. There are no additional convictions or repeat offenses; and
  3. The conviction does not involve violence, sex, children, or any other crime outlined in Louisiana R.S. 15:587.1.

Similar policy language is also included in Bulletin 745 regarding Teaching Authorizations.


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 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs
Section 407
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)
03/17/19 04/10/19 04/20/19 05/13/19 - - 07/20/19
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
05/10/19 None
- - - -
Description: Section 207 of the federal Higher Education Act requires states to implement an accountability system for teacher preparation programs. The law specifically requires states to identify low-performing teacher preparation programs and provide a list of such programs to the U.S. Department of Education.

In June 2017, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs, to provide for a teacher preparation quality rating system. Considering recommendations from the teacher preparation accountability workgroup, facilitated by Dr. Robert Pianta, Dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, the provisions for the teacher preparation quality rating system specify that the system shall include, but not be limited to, the following domains:

  1. Preparation program experience, measured by on-site reviews of each teacher preparation provider;
  2. Meeting educator workforce needs, measured by the percentage of program completers in high-need certification areas and/or the percentage of residents placed in high-need schools; and
  3. Teacher quality, measured by the program value-added results of the completers for up to, but not more than, three years following program completion.

The provisions also specify that the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE), in collaboration with the Board of Regents (BoR) and K-12 and higher education experts, shall study and recommend to BESE the adoption of an index for the teacher quality domain no later than winter 2018-2019.


Over the past several months, the LDE consulted with teacher preparation providers, higher education experts, and measurement experts to develop the proposed index. The LDE's consultation included meetings and discussion with the Educator Preparation Research Consortium, discussions with approximately 60 teacher preparation provider administrators, and ongoing consultation with Dr. George Noell from Louisiana State University, who provided expertise regarding the development of the index. The proposed index has been substantially revised based on feedback from teacher preparation providers.

The proposed teacher quality domain score will be calculated by assigning points to each program completer based on the individual's value-added rating.  The individuals' index points will then be averaged.  The average score will result in a rating of 1, 2, 3, or 4. Simulations based on the value-added results of the program completers for the prior year reflect that the proposed index places over 90 percent of preparation providers at level 2 or higher.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on May 10, 2019, 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
Sections 101, 303, 305, and 749
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)
03/17/19 04/10/19 04/20/19 05/13/19 - - 07/20/19
 Deadline for
public comments or
hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE
225-342-3600
05/10/19 None
- - - -
Description: In January 2015, BESE established policy that required early child care teachers in publicly funded programs to have an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate by July 2019. The policy included the requirement that beginning in July 2018, child care teachers complete training for the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate at BESE-approved preparation programs. After piloting these programs, the LDE recommends that the program approval process for Early Childhood Ancillary programs mirror the existing program approval process for teacher preparation programs. The proposed program approval process for Early Childhood Ancillary programs recommends that all program proposals are reviewed by an expert review team and that BESE consider approval of these programs biannually.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on May 10, 2019, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


January 2019

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Sections 411, 605, 1103, and 2901
CURRENT POLICY  |  PROPOSED CHANGE
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
01/23/19 03/08/19 Pt.1, Pt.2 03/20/19 04/10/19 Pt.1, Pt.2 - - 06/20/19
 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
04/09/19 None
- - - -
Description: In 2017, the ACT organization made technical changes to the ACT WorkKeys assessments, including updating scoring criteria, which necessitates updating the concordance table for Louisiana. The attached technical updates reflect analytics released by ACT that compare the results of students who took both the ACT and WorkKeys nationally. Per Bulletin 111, the updated concordance table will be used beginning with the 2019-2020 school year to ensure clarity of implementation.

Also the proposed revisions will update bulletin language to align with Acts 522 and 555 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, which address honor roll designations (§1103. Honor Rolls) and provide for state annual reporting when BESE makes significant changes to the criteria, methodology, or manner of calculating and determining school and district performance scores and letter grades (§2901. State Annual Reporting).

In October 2018, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 111 to:

  1. Establish a new rating formula for alternative education schools that is more closely aligned to the unique mission of serving students referred to alternative education for long-term services; and
  2. Revise to the minimum number of students (accountability “units”) required for a school to receive a school performance score (SPS) and school letter grade from 40 units to 120 units.

To ensure the inclusion of a majority of alternative education schools in the accountability system, an additional revision clarifies that alternative education schools will receive a school performance score and school letter grade with a minimum of 40 units.


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


December 2018

Bulletin 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations
Sections 305 and 1711
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)
12/12/18 01/09/19 01/20/19 02/11/19 04/20/19 04/20/19
 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
02/09/19 None
- - - -
Description: During the course of a recent audit, legislative auditors noted that the BESE policy in Bulletin 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations, §305. requires, rather than permits, the assessment of a fine as a consequence for operating an early learning center without a valid license. The proposed policy revision aligns policy with Louisiana R.S. 17:407.37 which allows, rather than mandates, a fine of up to $1,000 per day.

Additionally, a technical edit is being made to §1711.F.  Minimum Child-to-Staff Ratios - Type I Centers.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on February 9, 2019, 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, 705, 706, 708, 709, 723, and 725
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)
12/12/18 01/09/19 01/20/19 02/11/19 04/20/19 04/20/19
 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
02/09/19 None
- - - -
Description: In response to concerns raised by local school system leaders, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) proposes revisions to policy regarding school system administrators serving in central office roles and school-based teachers and leaders serving in operational roles. Current policy establishes evaluation requirements that may not be appropriate to these roles and that impede certification renewal. After discussion at a recent Superintendent Advisory Council meeting, the LDE collaborated with BESE leadership, the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, and the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrators to identify a solution, reflected in the proposed policy revisions.

The proposed policy revisions allow district-level administrators to renew educational leader licenses using local evaluations. The policy also establishes an "operational role" status that allows teachers and school-based administrators serving in operational roles to freeze the validity period of their certificate while serving in such a role. This ensures that the educator certificate will not expire while the educator is serving in a role that is not suited to being evaluated per the standards of effectiveness.  The proposed policy does not affect teacher or school-level leader evaluations.



Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on February 9, 2019, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 1530, Louisiana's IEP Handbook for Students with Exceptionalities
Sections 503 and 505
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)
12/12/18 01/09/19 01/20/19 02/11/19 04/20/19 04/20/19
 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
02/09/19 None
- - - -
Description: Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities are eligible to participate in an alternate assessment (LEAP Connect) in lieu of the regular statewide assessment (LEAP 2025). The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) changed the statewide cap on the number of students who can be assessed with an alternate assessment from 1.0 percent of students who score proficient to 1.0 percent of students who participate. The U.S. Department of Education requires any state that exceeds the 1.0 percent participation cap to submit a waiver. As part of that waiver, Louisiana is required to review the definition of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and, if necessary, make revisions.

In fall 2018, a workgroup of experts from across the state convened to review the alternate assessment participation criteria outlined in Bulletin 1530 
to ensure that only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities qualify to participate in the alternate assessment. The working group recommendations were brought to the Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) on November 14, 2018. SEAP further refined the workgroup recommendations and endorsed proposed revisions to Bulletin 1530 to: 
  • Delete policy language allowing students to participate in the alternate assessment based on deficits in adaptive functioning alone;
  • Establish a transition period for graduation pathways of current high school and eighth grade students;
  • Incorporate language from the most recent federal regulations; and
  • Provide technical edits including references to outdated assessments and standards.

In summary, the revisions ensure the alternate assessment is reserved for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, as required by ESSA.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on February 9, 2019, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


October 2018

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Sections 405 and 409
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)
10/17/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/11/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: As required under the federal Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) and established in the state ESSA plan, Louisiana will include a measure of progress to English language proficiency for English learners in the Assessment Index of the accountability formula.

Over a six-month period, a working group of Louisiana experts in English learner instruction, including schools and school systems serving a majority of English learners, guided the creation of the measures. The Louisiana Accountability Commission unanimously endorsed the working group recommendations on August 20, 2018. The revisions to Bulletin 111, 
The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System,  are as follows:
  1. A letter grade of ‘A’ represents that students are on track to reach English language proficiency within five to seven years, as supported by research and national best practice; and
  2. Due to the state transition to a new English language proficiency assessment during the 2017-2018 school year, the 2018-2019 school year will be a learning year in which results are calculated and provided to schools but not yet part of the final results. English language proficiency progress will be included in the accountability formula no earlier than the 2019-2020 school year.

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


Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Sections 605, 3501, 3503, 3505, and 3507
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)
10/17/18 12/10/18 12/20/18 01/10/19 03/20/19 03/20/19
 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
01/09/19 None
- - - -
Description: The proposed revisions establish a new rating formula for alternative education (AE) schools that is more closely aligned to the unique mission of serving students referred to AE for long-term services. For AE elementary and middle schools, the proposed formula is based 100 percent on state assessment progress, and for AE high schools, the formula is based on 25 percent of each of the following: state assessment progress; current year core credit accumulation; second-year dropout/credit accumulation: and credential attainment.

Inclusive but not limited to AE, is a proposed revision to the maximum number of students (accountability “units”) required for a school to receive a school performance score (SPS) and school letter grade. Current policy requires a minimum of 10 students or 40 accountability units, which leads to several extremely small schools receiving an SPS and school letter grade in some years, but not in others, as small school enrollment fluctuates. ESSA allows states to set a threshold of 30 students or 120 accountability units, which recognizes the challenges of reporting performance for extremely small sites and provides for greater stability over time. The LDE recommends the use of 30 students or 120 accountability units, which federal law allows and several other states use, for assignment of an SPS and school letter grade. Sixteen schools, providing alternative education and/or serving residential students with significant cognitive disabilities, had fewer than 30 students included in accountability calculations. Student scores and subgroup performance will continue to be reported with a minimum of 10 students, and schools with less than 30 students will continue to be identified for improvement and eligible to apply for improvement funds.

To assist school systems with implementation of the new AE model, the LDE will provide LEAs with the following redesign resources and strategies:
  • Schools with high rates of out-of-school referrals labeled as “Urgent Intervention Required” may apply for ESSA school improvement funding; and
  • AE schools with comparatively low student performance labeled as “Comprehensive Intervention Required” may apply for ESSA school improvement funding.

The LDE will assist both groups of schools with a behavioral intervention vendor guide, lists of evidence-based interventions, lists of evidence-based curricula, and opportunities for ongoing face-to-face professional learning.


Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on January 9, 2019, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 125, Standards for Educational Leaders in Louisiana
Section 301
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)
10/17/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/11/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: Proposed revisions to Bulletins 125, 130, 746, and 996 approved by BESE introduce regulations to establish Mentor Teacher and Content Leader credentials and provide for Mentor and Content Leader training, experience, and credentialing to contribute to school leader licensure.

Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on December 9, 2018, 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 101, 307, 311, and 325
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)
10/17/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/11/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: Proposed revisions to Bulletins 125, 130, 746, and 996 approved by BESE introduce regulations to establish Mentor Teacher and Content Leader credentials and provide for Mentor and Content Leader training, experience, and credentialing to contribute to school leader licensure.


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


Bulletin 131, Alternative Education Schools/Programs Standards
Many sections
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)
10/17/18 12/10/18 12/20/18 01/10/19 03/20/19 03/20/19
 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
01/09/19 None
- - - -
Description: The proposed revisions establish new expectations that address the alternative education (AE) study group findings and more closely align the AE approval process to expectations set forth in state law. New expectations include transitional planning and support, student learning and behavior plans, interventions, and staff support and engagement. LEAs will transition to the new approval process over a three-year period, between 2019-2022.


Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on January 9, 2019, 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 2317
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)
10/17/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/11/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: Act 392 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session requires BESE, in consultation with the Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (LaSTEM) Advisory Council, to establish STEM diploma endorsements recognizing high school students who exhibit academic achievement in STEM discipline subjects.

Proposed revisions establish two STEM diploma endorsements beginning with the 2018-2019 school year:
  1. Advanced STEM Endorsement (Gold Seal)—awarded to students who successfully complete a BESE-approved Jump Start STEM Pathway eight STEM-course sequence; and
  2. STEM Endorsement (Silver Seal)—awarded to students who successfully complete a subset of required courses, to be designated by the LDE, within a BESE-approved Jump Start STEM Pathway four STEM-course sequence.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on December 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 2901, 2903, 2905, and 2909
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)
10/17/18 12/10/18 12/20/18 01/10/19 03/20/19 03/20/19
 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
01/09/19 None
- - - -
Description: The proposed revisions repeal sections as outlined in order to align policy with revisions to Bulletins 111 and 131 (posted above) regarding alternative education.


Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on January 9, 2019, 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 3301, 3305, 3307, 3309, 3311, 3313, 3315, and 3317
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)
10/17/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/12/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: State law (R.S. 17:236.1) sets forth the process by which the LDE, on behalf of BESE, approves home study program applications received from parents and legal guardians of school-aged children.

In 2005, BESE promulgated rules pursuant to the law in Bulletin 741. In response to requests from two state organizations representing parents with approved home study programs, the proposed revisions will more closely align the regulations with state law.


Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on December 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, 240, 341, 350, 351, 703, 705, 713, 761, 787, and 1001
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)
10/17/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/11/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: Proposed revisions to Bulletins 125, 130, 746, and 996 approved by BESE introduce regulations to establish Mentor Teacher and Content Leader credentials and provide for Mentor and Content Leader training, experience, and credentialing to contribute to school leader licensure.


Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on December 9, 2018, 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
Sections 303, 401, 743, and 747
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)
10/17/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/11/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 None
- - - -
Description: Proposed revisions to Bulletins 125, 130, 746, and 996 approved by BESE introduce regulations to establish Mentor Teacher and Content Leader credentials and provide for Mentor and Content Leader training, experience, and credentialing to contribute to school leader licensure.


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


August 2018

Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Sections 5105, 5701, 6803, and 6813
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 Pt.1, Pt.2 09/20/18 10/11/18 Pt.1, Pt.2 12/20/18 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 10/10/18 10/20/18 11/13/18 01/20/19 01/20/19
 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 09/20/18 10/11/18 12/20/18 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 10/10/18 10/20/18 11/13/18 01/20/19 01/20/19
 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 None - - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 10/10/18 10/20/18 11/13/18 01/20/19 01/20/19
 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 10/10/18 10/20/18 11/13/18 01/20/19 01/20/19
 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 09/20/18 10/11/18 12/20/18 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 09/20/18 10/11/18 12/20/18, 1/20/19 12/20/18. 1/20/19
 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 09/20/18 10/11/18 12/20/18, 1/20/19 12/20/18, 1/20/19
 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 None - - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 09/20/18 10/11/18 12/20/18 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 None - - - -
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, Louisiana Teaching Authorizations for School Personnel
Establish new bulletin
NEW POLICY
 Date approved
by BESE as NOI
 Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/15/18 09/10/18 09/20/18 10/11/18 12/20/181/20/19 1/20/19
 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 None
- - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 09/10/18 09/20/18 10/11/18 12/20/18 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 None - - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/11/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 None
- - - -
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
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)
08/15/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/11/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 None
- - - -
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
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)
06/20/18 08/10/18 08/20/18 09/10/18 11/20/18 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
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)
06/20/18 07/10/18 07/20/18 08/10/18 10/20/18 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
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)
06/20/18 07/10/18 07/20/18 08/16/18 10/20/18 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 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations
Sections 1805, 1806, 1819, and 1823
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)
06/20/18 11/09/18 11/20/18 12/11/18 02/20/19 02/20/19
 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
12/09/18 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
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)
06/20/18 07/10/18 07/20/18 08/10/18 10/20/18 | 11/20/18 10/20/18 | 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
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 the mathematics course.
  • Course content for Statistical Reasoning has been determined to be equivalent to the mathematics course.

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
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)
06/20/18 08/10/18 08/20/18 09/10/18 11/20/18 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
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)
06/20/18 08/10/18 08/20/18 09/10/18 11/20/18 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
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Description: Policies governing the operating procedures of BESE are contained in Title 28, Part I, of the Louisiana Administrative Code. As part of regular compliance and management activities, 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.






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 
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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.

 2018 Yearly Action Report
 2017 Yearly Action Report
 2016 Yearly Action Report
 2015 Yearly Action Report
 2014 Yearly Action Report