BESE Rulemaking Docket


 

Updated 9/18/20 |  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.

 

EMERGENCY RULES  |  YEARLY ACTION REPORTS

 


 

NOTICES OF INTENT

August 2020

Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Section 2317

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)
08/12/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 - - - - - -
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
10/09/20 - - - - - -

Description:
Bulletin 741 stipulates that beginning with freshmen entering high school in the 2013-2014 school year and beyond, local education agencies (LEAs) may award a Community Service Diploma Endorsement to students completing a minimum number of documented and approved community service hours prior to graduation. Current policy requires students pursuing the endorsement to complete a total of 80 community service hours as follows:
  • 10 hours in ninth grade,
  • 20 hours in tenth grade,
  • 25 hours in eleventh grade, and
  • 25 hours in twelfth grade.

Data suggests that several factors inhibit a student from participation in community service activities until after the freshmen year, thus making the student ineligible for the endorsement under current policy. In response, the proposed revisions repeal the grade-level community service hour requirements and instead require that a student pursuing a Community Service Diploma Endorsement earn 80 hours of approved community service hours prior to graduation, as appropriate and reasonable.


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



July 2020

Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 401, 403, 405, and 3703

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)
07/14/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 - - - - - -
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
10/09/20 - - - - - -

Description:
On June 30, 2020, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Bill 59 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards on July 7, 2020, and became Act 9. Act 9 requires the BESE to adopt, no later than July 15, 2020, emergency rules informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions, and regulations to govern the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

In response to Act 9, the Board approved revisions to Bulletin 741, Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), and Bulletin 126, Charter Schools. In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the proposed policy shifts provide minimum health and safety standards, ensuring the protection of students, faculty, staff, and others on school property to the maximum extent possible and practical, for reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.


Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective July 14, 2020.


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


Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 1105, 1107, 1109, and 3303

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)
07/14/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 - - - - - -
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
10/09/20 - - - - - -

Description:
On June 30, 2020, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Bill 59 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards on July 7, 2020, and became Act 9. Act 9 requires the BESE to adopt, no later than July 15, 2020, emergency rules informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions, and regulations to govern the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

In response to Act 9, the Board approved revisions to Bulletin 741, Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), and Bulletin 126, Charter Schools. In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the proposed policy shifts provide minimum health and safety standards, ensuring the protection of students, faculty, staff, and others on school property to the maximum extent possible and practical, for reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.


Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective July 14, 2020.


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


Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Sections 103, 4101, 4103, and 4105

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)
07/14/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 - - - - - -
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
10/09/20 - - - - - -

Description:
On June 30, 2020, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Bill 59 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards on July 7, 2020, and became Act 9. Act 9 requires the BESE to adopt, no later than July 15, 2020, emergency rules informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions, and regulations to govern the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

In response to Act 9, the Board approved revisions to Bulletin 741, Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), and Bulletin 126, Charter Schools. In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the proposed policy shifts provide minimum health and safety standards, ensuring the protection of students, faculty, staff, and others on school property to the maximum extent possible and practical, for reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.


Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective July 14, 2020.


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




June 2020

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Sections 301, 801, and 803

CURRENT POLICY
  |  PROPOSED CHANGE

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/16/20 07/10/20 07/20/20 08/10/20 - - 10/20/20
 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
08/09/20 None - - - -

Description:
The Louisiana plan regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act includes an Interests and Opportunities indicator, which was operational for the 2019-2020 school year and comprised 5 percent of the School Performance Score. The purpose of the Interests and Opportunities index is to measure the degree to which schools are providing students with access to a well-rounded education by offering diverse areas of learning in order to develop skills and talents. Over the last three years, the LDE has engaged stakeholders to solicit feedback on the creation and development of the new indicator and, through the process, determined the necessity of establishing a baseline.

In order to gather additional data, during the 2020-2021 school year, the Interests and Opportunities indicator will continue to be based on the following:
  • Principal completion of an online survey (grades K-12); and
  • Course enrollment in physical education, visual arts, performing arts, and world languages (grades K-8)

The continuation of the Interests and Opportunities policy, as outlined, was unanimously endorsed by the Accountability Commission on June 1, 2020.

Proposed revisions to §301. School Performance Score Goal, extends the "hold harmless" policy. If the Interests and Opportunities score results in a lower SPS, the Interests and Opportunities score will be omitted in the SPS accountability calculation for the 2020-2021 school year.


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


Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment STandards and Practices
Section 6829

CURRENT POLICY
  |  PROPOSED CHANGE

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/16/20 07/10/20 07/20/20 08/10/20 - - 10/20/20
 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
08/09/20 None - - - -

Description: 
The proposed revision removes the requirement that Louisiana public and/or scholarship school students, who earned a high school assessment-eligible course credit in the spring of the 2019-2020 school year, must take the LEAP 2025 high school assessment that corresponds to course credits earned in the spring of 2020. During this time, the LEAP 2025 high school assessment was not available to students due to school closures attributed to governmental response to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective June 16, 2020.


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


Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs
Section 509

CURRENT POLICY
  |  PROPOSED CHANGE

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/16/20 07/10/20 07/20/20 08/10/20 - - 10/20/20
 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
08/09/20 None - - - -

Description:
Bulletin 139 requires the head of a Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) household to meet specific training or employment activity requirements in order to be eligible for CCAP funding. However, the recent COVID-19 pandemic and governmental response to the state and national public health crisis has resulted in unprecedented unemployment rates across the United States. The current Louisiana unemployment rate is recorded at approximately 14 percent. As a result, many CCAP families are unable to meet the training and/or employment requirements contained in Bulletin 139. In response, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 139, which would create a limited exception, allowing families to qualify for the CCAP while seeking employment or enrolling in school. Louisiana would be the twenty-first state to provide such a limited exception for the purpose of determining CCAP eligibility. The proposed revisions were endorsed by the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council on June 4, 2020.


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


Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Many sections

CURRENT POLICY
  |  PROPOSED CHANGE

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
06/16/20 07/10/20 07/20/20 08/10/20 - - 10/20/20
 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
08/09/20 None - - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 align BESE policy with state and federal regulations, and to clarify or amend requirements that are either outdated or inconsistent. The proposed updates were developed based upon stakeholder consultation with, and feedback from, the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrators (LSASPA) and the Louisiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (LACTE).


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



March 2020

Bulletin 138, Jump Start Program
Section 201

REVISED POLICY

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
03/11/20 05/08/20 05/20/20 06/10/20 08/20/20 08/20/20
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
05/09/20 None - - - -

Description:
Regional teams for Jump Start programs must be aligned with the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

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


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 345 and 2319

REVISED POLICY

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
03/11/20 05/08/20 05/20/20 06/10/20 08/20/20 08/20/20
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
05/09/20 None - - - -

Description: 
Jump Start 1.0 course sequences will be available for incoming freshmen through 2020-2021; Jump Start 2.0 course sequences will be available for incoming freshmen beginning in 2020-2021 and beyond; and a Jump Start 2.0 Career Diploma CTE hardship waiver process for eligible students is established.

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


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 901 and 2324

REVISED POLICY

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
03/11/20 05/08/20 05/20/20 06/10/20 08/20/20 08/20/20
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
05/09/20 None - - - -

Description:
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 are in regard to diploma integrity. The proposed revisions to credit recovery requirements and scheduling requirements provide clarity and establish best-practices for valid course recognition.

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


Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 2102, 2109, 2319, and 2320

REVISED POLICY

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
03/11/20 05/08/20 05/20/20 06/10/20 08/20/20 08/20/20
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
05/09/20 None - - - -

Description:
In January 2018, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) established a task force to complete a comprehensive review of Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators. Participants included a selection of Nonpublic School Council (NPSC) members, a BESE member, and nominees from various nonpublic schools. Revisions were presented to BESE in August and October 2018. At the January 2020 NPSC meeting, council members requested additional revisions to Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic) that would decouple health education from physical education for purposes of satisfying high school graduation requirements. The proposed policy shift would afford nonpublic administrators increased flexibility in the awarding of Carnegie credit to students enrolled in nonpublic schools.
 
Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.




January 2020

Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Sections 1505 and 3709

REVISED POLICY

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
01/29/20 03/09/20 03/20/20 04/09/20 06/20/20 06/20/20
 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
04/09/20 None - - - -

Description:
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 126 include:


Clarification of Renewal Standards
Inclusion of a clause in §1505 to clarify renewal criteria for schools being considered for renewal. The current policy states that in the event that a school does not meet renewal criteria and when closing the school would likely require many students to attend lower-performing schools, the State Superintendent of Education can recommend that BESE renew the school charter contract. The additional clause ensures that the State Superintendent of Education considers student performance data and/or student growth data of neighboring and comparable schools when making the recommendation.

Virtual Charter School Attendance
The establishment of §3709. Virtual Charter School Attendance, outlines student attendance policy requirements for state-authorized virtual charter schools, in accordance with Act 398 of the 2019 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 posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.




December 2019

Bulletin 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
Chapter 9

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)
12/11/19 01/10/20 01/20/20 02/10/20 04/20/20 04/20/20
 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
02/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Louisiana Revised Statute 17:407.30 establishes the Louisiana Early Childhood Education Fund as a special treasury fund administered by BESE. The statute provides that the fund shall be credited with appropriations, as well as public and private grants or donations, and will be awarded to local entities for early childhood care and education. The proposed revisions to Bulletin 140, endorsed at the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council meeting held November 13, 2019, align BESE policy with R.S. 17:407.30.


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


Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Sections 2318 and 2319

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)
12/11/19 01/10/20 01/20/20 02/10/20 04/20/20 04/20/20
 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
02/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
In June 2019, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 741 to incorporate the University of Cambridge courses (Cambridge Assessment International Education) for high school graduation requirements. The proposed revisions make technical edits to that policy.


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


Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Section 203

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)
12/11/19 01/10/20 01/20/20 02/10/20 04/20/20 04/20/20
 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
02/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
In October 2018, following a presentation to and consultation with BESE, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) began working with stakeholders to develop an alternate assessment for the Educational Leadership Certificate (EDL1) to enable mentor teachers and content leaders to build on qualifying licensure assessments. Over the past year, the LDE, in collaboration with the competitively selected assessment vendor, designed and piloted the Louisiana Leadership Assessment Series (LLAS). The pilot program includes 22 educators across 15 school systems.

LLAS is a practice-based assessment aligned with the educational leader competencies outlined in Bulletin 125, Standards for Educational Leaders in Louisiana. Assessments are scored by the assessment vendor and allow test-takers multiple attempts to respond to feedback and achieve a qualifying score. The assessment addresses:

  • the role of a building-level leader;

  • National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards; and

  • Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).

Proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 incorporate the Louisiana Leadership Assessment Series into policy.


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




October 2019

Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Section 507

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)
10/16/19 12/09/19 12/20/19 01/10/20 03/20/20 03/20/20
 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
01/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletins 741, 746, and 996 regarding alternate certification program mentoring requirements include:
  • Removal of the current 80-hour pre-residency practice requirement;
  • Replacement of the pre-residency practice requirement with an assurance from the employing school systems that alternate program candidates receive mentoring that includes co-teaching, collaborative planning, observation, and feedback session requirements for a minimum of 15 percent of instructional time, or 5 hours per week, in the first year of teaching; and
  • Technical edits to Bulletin 746: §203.E., clarifying that school leaders and school superintendent assessments (6011 and 6991, respectively), previously adopted by BESE in August 2019 will be accepted until July 31, 2020. Educational Testing Services (ETS) regenerated the Praxis Core (5713, 5723, and 5733) and the School Superintendent exam (6991), effective until July 31, 2020.  Because ETS did not inform the Department of the new exams until June 21, 2019, the exams adopted by BESE in August 2019 must now be adopted as Emergency Rule.

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


Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Section 203

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)
10/16/19 12/09/19 12/20/19 01/10/20 03/20/20 03/20/20
 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
01/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletins 741, 746, and 996 regarding alternate certification program mentoring requirements include:
  • Removal of the current 80-hour pre-residency practice requirement;
  • Replacement of the pre-residency practice requirement with an assurance from the employing school systems that alternate program candidates receive mentoring that includes co-teaching, collaborative planning, observation, and feedback session requirements for a minimum of 15 percent of instructional time, or 5 hours per week, in the first year of teaching; and
  • Technical edits to Bulletin 746: §203.E., clarifying that school leaders and school superintendent assessments (6011 and 6991, respectively), previously adopted by BESE in August 2019 will be accepted until July 31, 2020. Educational Testing Services (ETS) regenerated the Praxis Core (5713, 5723, and 5733) and the School Superintendent exam (6991), effective until July 31, 2020.  Because ETS did not inform the Department of the new exams until June 21, 2019, the exams adopted by BESE in August 2019 must now be adopted as Emergency Rule.
NOTE: The Board approved the revision to Section 203 of Bulletin 746 as a Declaration of Emergency, effective October 16, 2019, for a period of 120 days or until adopted as a final Rule.

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


Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
Sections 304, 305, and 313

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)
10/16/19 12/09/19 12/20/19 01/10/20 03/20/20 03/20/20
 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
01/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletins 741, 746, and 996 regarding alternate certification program mentoring requirements include:
  • Removal of the current 80-hour pre-residency practice requirement;
  • Replacement of the pre-residency practice requirement with an assurance from the employing school systems that alternate program candidates receive mentoring that includes co-teaching, collaborative planning, observation, and feedback session requirements for a minimum of 15 percent of instructional time, or 5 hours per week, in the first year of teaching; and
  • Technical edits to Bulletin 746: §203.E., clarifying that school leaders and school superintendent assessments (6011 and 6991, respectively), previously adopted by BESE in August 2019 will be accepted until July 31, 2020. Educational Testing Services (ETS) regenerated the Praxis Core (5713, 5723, and 5733) and the School Superintendent exam (6991), effective until July 31, 2020.  Because ETS did not inform the Department of the new exams until June 21, 2019, the exams adopted by BESE in August 2019 must now be adopted as Emergency Rule.
Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs
Section 745

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)
10/16/19 12/09/19 12/20/19 01/10/20 03/20/20 03/20/20
 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
01/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletins 741, 746, and 996 regarding alternate certification program mentoring requirements include:
  • Removal of the current 80-hour pre-residency practice requirement;
  • Replacement of the pre-residency practice requirement with an assurance from the employing school systems that alternate program candidates receive mentoring that includes co-teaching, collaborative planning, observation, and feedback session requirements for a minimum of 15 percent of instructional time, or 5 hours per week, in the first year of teaching; and
  • Technical edits to Bulletin 746: §203.E., clarifying that school leaders and school superintendent assessments (6011 and 6991, respectively), previously adopted by BESE in August 2019 will be accepted until July 31, 2020. Educational Testing Services (ETS) regenerated the Praxis Core (5713, 5723, and 5733) and the School Superintendent exam (6991), effective until July 31, 2020.  Because ETS did not inform the Department of the new exams until June 21, 2019, the exams adopted by BESE in August 2019 must now be adopted as Emergency Rule.

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


Bulletin 1706, Regulations for Implementation of the Children with Exceptionalities Act
Sections 101, 153, 450, 508, 904, 1101, 1153, 1508, and 1511

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)
10/16/19 11/08/19 11/20/19 12/11/19 02/20/20 02/20/20
 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
12/10/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
Proposed revisions to Bulletin 1706 include:
  • Clarification of time limits for formal written complaint and due process hearing procedures:
    Bulletin 1706 includes procedures to resolve written complaints and to request a hearing to resolve an exceptionality dispute, alleging that a public agency has violated Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To provide clarity to school systems, schools, and families, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) proposes revisions to establish the timelines begin after the LDE receives the request.
  • Removal of the Louisiana Special Education Center as a BESE Special School:
    Act 411 of the 2019 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session transfers the Louisiana Special Education Center from the Special School District to the Louisiana Department of Health. The process must conclude no later than January 31, 2020. The proposed policy revisions are in accordance with Act 411, which mandates the removal of the Louisiana Special Education Center as a BESE Special School.

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




August 2019

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Section 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)
08/14/19 09/10/19 09/20/19 10/11/19 12/20/19 12/20/19
 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
10/10/19 None
- - - -

Description:
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 111 provide technical edits where necessary and align policy with state statute changes of the 2019 Regular Legislative session as follows: Requirement that academic improvement plans for schools identified as "urgent intervention required" or "comprehensive intervention required" be developed in consultation with parents of students enrolled in such schools and be presented to parents within the first 60 days of the school year (Act 236 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session). 

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2019, 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 409 and 4001

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)
08/14/19 10/09/19 10/20/19 11/12/19 01/20/20 01/20/20
 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
11/09/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions align policy with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). regarding the identification, programming, and assessment of English learners. Proposed revisions clarify English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) assessment procedures, including:
  • Exit criteria for English learners with disabilities and the role of the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team in the decision-making process;
  • Procedures for requesting ELPT accommodations and exemptions; and
  • ELPT weighting for purposes of calculating a Grade 9-12 Assessment Index.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on November 9, 2019, 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 6115 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)
08/14/19 09/10/19 09/20/19 10/11/19 12/20/19 12/20/19
 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
10/10/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
The proposed policy revisions provide recommended performance level cut scores for five achievement levels for the LEAP 2025 science assessments in grades 3-8 and high school biology assessments. Results will be incorporated into 2018-2019 School Performance Scores, which will be released this fall.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2019, 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 7301, 7307, 7311, 8307, and 8505

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)
08/14/19 10/09/19 10/20/19 11/12/19 01/20/20 01/20/20
 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
11/09/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions align policy with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). regarding the identification, programming, and assessment of English learners. Proposed revisions establish a  standardized process for identifying English learners as required by federal law and Louisiana's approved ESSA state plan.

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



Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Programs
Sections 319 and 515

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)
08/14/19 09/10/19 09/20/19 10/11/19 12/20/19 12/20/19
 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
10/10/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions will increase the base reimbursement rate for CCAP services and allow receipt of CCAP payments for foster children in the caregiver’s custody.


Caregiver Ineligibility for CCAP payments:

  • Adds an exception to the existing prohibition for caregivers to receive CCAP payments for children in their custody for a caregiver who serves as an eligible CCAP provider, in order for such provider to receive CCAP payments for the foster child who is cared for through the program. 

CCAP Payments Made on Behalf of Households:

  • Establishes separate rates for the care of infants and toddlers, recognizing increased costs for infant care;
  • Uses current projection figures to increase all rates to at least the 25th percentile of the market rate; and
  • Provides for a special needs rate above the base rate.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 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 351

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)
08/14/19 10/09/19 10/20/19 11/12/19 01/20/20 01/20/20
 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
11/09/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions align policy with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). regarding the identification, programming, and assessment of English learners. Proposed revisions delineate LEA obligations to identify and serve English learners in accordance with federal law.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on November 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 339, 1127, 2305, and 2319

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)
08/14/19 09/10/19 09/20/19 10/11/19 12/20/19 12/20/19
 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
10/10/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 provide technical edits where necessary and align policy with state statute changes of the 2019 Regular Legislative session as follows:
  • Requires student input in the annual review of high school crisis management and response plans (Act 44 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session).
  • Updates suicide prevention training requirements for school teachers, school counselors, principals, and other school administrators (Act 93 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session).
  • Requires information relative to student borrowing for postsecondary education as a required component of instruction in personal financial management (Act 116 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session).
  • Makes technical edits to policy approved by BESE in June 2019 to Career Diploma and TOPS University Diploma.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 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
Section 1309

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)
08/14/19 09/10/19 09/20/19 10/11/19 12/20/19 12/20/19
 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
10/10/19 None - - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 Nonpublic provide technical edits where necessary and align policy with state statute changes of the 2019 Regular Legislative session as follows:Updates suicide prevention training requirements for school teachers, school counselors, principals, and other school administrators (Act 93 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session).

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 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
Section 101

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)
08/14/19 10/09/19 10/20/19 11/12/19 01/20/20 01/20/20
 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
11/09/19 None
- - - -

Description:
In order to ensure that certification policies, adopted by BESE, and administered by the LDE, are implemented in a manner that allows for a smooth transition from old to new score requirements, revisions to policy are recommended. These revisions further detail specific timelines and implementation dates regarding Praxis exam passing score increases and decreases. In particular, further clarification is needed in light of the Social Studies exam requirements that BESE approved in June 2019, which lowered the required Social Studies passing score from 160 to 153. The proposed revision to Bulletin 746, Section 101 will provide guidance indicating that specific Praxis scores achieved 12 months prior to the effective date will be accepted for purposes of certification.

NOTE: The Board approved this revision 
as a Declaration of Emergency, effective August 14, 2019, for a period of 120 days or until adopted as a final Rule.


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on November 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
Section 203

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)
08/14/19 09/10/19 09/20/19 10/11/19 - - 12/20/19
 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
10/10/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
Proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 address the adoption of new PRAXIS exams.
  • Adoption of the new PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5713), Writing (5723), and Mathematics (5733)

    Educational Testing Services (ETS) revised the mathematics portion of the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators assessment to include more content relative to data interpretation, statistics, and probability and less content relative to Algebra and Geometry. The change was made because Algebra and Geometry are tested in the middle and high school exams. No changes were made to the writing and reading portions of the exam. The passing scores for all portions of the PRAXIS core exam remain the same. Proposed policy revisions adopt the new series.
  • Adoption of the new PRAXIS School Superintendent Assessment (6991)

    ETS updated the school superintendent assessment to align to the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards, which were developed in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Proposed policy revisions adopt the exam and the passing score of 156. A score of 156 is the recommended passing score by the ETS Multi-state Standard-Setting Study.
  • Adoption of new PRAXIS Teaching Reading Exam (5206)

    ETS updated the Teaching Reading exam to better align to the International Literacy Association Standards and to highlight the key components of scientifically-based reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Proposed policy revisions adopt the exam and the passing score of 160. A score of 160 is the recommended passing score by the ETS Multi-state Standard-Setting Study.

    Note: Other revisions to Section §313 will be addressed in a subsequent item.
  • Approval of revisions to section §101. Purpose., as an Emergency Rule and Notice of Intent

    In order to ensure that certification policies, adopted by BESE, and administered by the LDE, are implemented in a manner that allows for a smooth transition from old to new score requirements, revisions to policy are recommended. These revisions further detail specific timelines andimplementation dates regarding Praxis exam passing score increases and decreases.

    In particular, further clarification is needed in light of the Social Studies exam requirements that BESE approved in June 2019, which lowered the required Social Studies passing score from 160 to 153. The attached revision will provide guidance indicating that specific Praxis scores achieved 12 months prior to the effective date will be accepted for purposes of certification.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 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 305, 313, 323, 803, and 904

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)
08/14/19 09/10/19 09/20/19 10/11/19 12/20/19 12/20/19
 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
10/10/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 align policy with state statute changes of the 2019 Regular Legislative session as follows:
  • Updates requirements for certification, hiring, and dismissal of teacher and other school employees with respect to criminal history determinations (Act 387 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session); and
  • Updates certification requirements for applicants who complete an approved teacher education program in Louisiana (Act 388 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session).

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 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
Section 745

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)
08/14/19 09/10/19 09/20/19 10/11/19 12/20/19 12/20/19
 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
10/10/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 996 align policy with state statute changes of the 2019 Regular Legislative session as follows:Updates certification requirements for applicants who complete an approved teacher education program in Louisiana (Act 388 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session).


Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2019, 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
Sections 503, 705, 707 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)
08/14/19 10/09/19 10/20/19 11/12/19 01/20/20 01/20/20
 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
11/09/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 1566 align policy with state statute changes of the 2019 Regular Legislative session as follows: Removes requirement that school systems offer summer remediation to students who perform below expectations on state assessments, noting that such remediation programs may still be offered voluntarily and that all such students must be supported through Individual Academic Improvement Plans that address areas of academic weakness (Act 394 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session).


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

 

 

 
EMERGENCY RULES

Pursuant to Title 49, §953.B.(1), "if an agency finds that an imminent peril to the public health, safety, or welfare requires adoption of a rule upon shorter notice than that provided in Subsection A of this Section and within five days of adoption states in writing to the governor of the state of Louisiana, the attorney general of Louisiana, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president of the Senate, and the Department of the State Register, its reasons for that finding, it may proceed without prior notice or hearing or upon any abbreviated notice and hearing that it finds practicable, to adopt an emergency rule."
 
 
Original Rule   Effective Date Date published in Louisiana Register  Number of Days in Effect 
Bulletin 741 - Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Sections 401, 403, 405, and 3703 (Board action: 7/14/20)

07/14/20 08/20/20 120 days
Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic) -Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Sections 1105, 1107, 1109, and 3303 (Board action: 7/14/20)

07/14/20  08/20/20 120 days
Bulletin 126 - Charter Schools - Sections 103, 4101, 4103, and 4105 (Board action: 7/14/20)

07/14/20  08/20/20 120 days
Bulletin 118 - Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices - Section 6829 (Board action: 6/16/20) 06/16/20
07/20/20 120 days