BESE Rulemaking Docket


 

Updated 9/20/21 |  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 2021

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Section 801

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)
08/18/21 - - - - - - - - - -
 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: 
The proposed revision to Bulletin 111 provides a menu approach for the Interests and Opportunities index calculation.  The 2021-2022 school year will serve as a learning year in which school districts adjust to the use of domains and indicators for the interests and opportunities index calculation.  Domains include:
  • The Arts;
  • Extracurricular Activities;
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); and
  • World Languages.
Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective August 18, 2021.

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 6913

CURRENT POLICY
  |  PROPOSED CHANGE

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
08/18/21 - - - - - - - - - -
 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: The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) annually administers an alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The assessment, known as LEAP Connect, is aligned to the LEAP Connectors and is reported using four achievement levels. In grades 3-8 and 11, students take the LEAP Connect English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments. In grades 4, 8, and 11 students also take the LEAP Connect science assessment. The proposed revisions update the achievement level labels and scale score ranges for each subject, grade, and achievement level after standards setting and validation, as follows:

  • Update the reference of “scaled-scores” used in current policy to “scale scores”;
  • Update scale score ranges for English language arts, mathematics, and science; and
  • Update the labels for the four achievement levels previously identified as Level 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective August 18, 2021.


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 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations
Section 1723

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)
08/18/21 - - - - - - - - - -
 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:
The proposed 
revisions to Bulletin 137 allow for processing fees associated with Child Care Criminal Background Check (CCCBC) determinations of eligibility to be waived to the applicant and paid by the LDE utilizing COVID-19 funds while available. Additional revisions to Bulletin 137 align BESE policy with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care (OCC) mandates that require all staff members on the premises of an early learning center and who are accessible to children to have current CPR and first aid certification.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective August 18, 2021.


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
Sections 103, 310, 509, 515, and 519

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)
08/18/21 - - - - - - - - - -
 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: 
The proposed revisions allow for Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) reimbursement to be based on enrollment and allows for fees and family co-payments associated with Child Care Criminal Background Checks (CCCBC) based determinations of eligibility for child care purposes to be waived and paid from COVID-19 funds while available.



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 2021

Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Section 2511

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)
06/16/21 07/09/21 07/20/21 - - - - 10/20/21
 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
08/09/21 - - - - - -

Description: 
Within the Internal Audit Report, submitted to BESE in Fall 2020 entitled, “Significant Audit Findings – Single Audits of School Boards and Charters Schools,” a finding was noted involving charter school bank deposits for which additional research was recommended.

The report noted that during the review of the FY 2018-19 charter school Single Audit reports, Types 2, 4, and 5 charter schools had in excess of $86.2 million in uninsured uncollateralized bank deposits. The report stated that “Although La. R.S. 17:3996(B) exempts charter schools from La. R.S. 39:1211-1245 regarding bank deposits and security of deposits, and no charter school has suffered any financial losses to date, the risk associated with such large sums of uninsured uncollateralized publicly funded bank deposits, however, is too great to ignore. Any loss of charter school funds, due to a bank failure would, in all likelihood, result in the state of Louisiana having to provide additional public funds to cover such losses.” Finally, the report recommendation stated that LDE should research options to address the issue and safeguard public funds.

For the past several months, the LDE researched best practices for cash management and investment policies of political subdivisions and sought advice from the Legislative Auditor’s Office, the Treasurer’s Office, and other state agencies. The information was shared with a group of charter school operators for input and reflection on how best to resolve the fiscal issue. The LDE and the team of charter school fiscal experts partnered to draft policy to require each charter school board adopt and implement a policy to protect public funds by minimizing the amount of unsecured funds. 



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
Section 2103

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)
06/16/21 07/09/21 07/20/21 - - - - 10/20/21
 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
08/09/21 - - - - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 and Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), do the following:
  • Align state policy with state law to clarify the types of organizations eligible to participate in federal child nutrition programs;
  • Define "nutrition programs;" and
  • Define and specify the responsibilities of a "governing authority of a nutrition program provider."

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 Nonpublic School Administrators
Section 1903

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)
06/16/21 07/09/21 07/20/21 - - - - 10/20/21
 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
08/09/21 - - - - - -

Description: 
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 and Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), do the following:
  • Align state policy with state law to clarify the types of organizations eligible to participate in federal child nutrition programs;
  • Define "nutrition programs;" and
  • Define and specify the responsibilities of a "governing authority of a nutrition program provider."

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


Bulletin 1566, Charter Schools
Section 305

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)
06/16/21 07/09/21 07/20/21 - - - - 10/20/21
 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
08/09/21 - - - - - -

Description:
The LDE previously proposed revisions to Bulletin 1566 to clarify that a locally authorized charter operator shall have the autonomy to develop a Pupil Progression Plan (PPP) separate and apart from the local charter authorizer. The proposed revision allows locally authorized charter operators to set policies and practices regarding pupil progression, aligned with federal law, state law, and BESE 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.


May 2021

Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Sections 4101 and 4103

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)
05/12/21 06/10/21 06/20/21 07/12/21 09/20/21 09/20/21
 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
07/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
Per Act 9 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session, BESE approved 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, and added language to the following bulletins:
  1. LAC 28:LXXIX, Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic)—Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators;
  2. LAC 28:CXV, Bulletin 741—Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators; and
  3. LAC 28:CXXXIX, Bulletin 126—Charter Schools.

The attached revisions clarify policy contained in the aforementioned bulletins for which there have been questions regarding these minimum reopening standard. The highlighted information reflects the new language.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective May 12, 2021.


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 401 and 403

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)
05/12/21 06/10/21 06/20/21 07/12/21 09/20/21 09/20/21
 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
07/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
Per Act 9 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session, BESE approved 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, and added language to the following bulletins:
  1. LAC 28:LXXIX, Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic)—Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators;
  2. LAC 28:CXV, Bulletin 741—Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators; and
  3. LAC 28:CXXXIX, Bulletin 126—Charter Schools.

The attached revisions clarify policy contained in the aforementioned bulletins for which there have been questions regarding these minimum reopening standard. The highlighted information reflects the new language.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective May 12, 2021.


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 Nonpublic School Administrators
Sections 1105 and 1107

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)
05/12/21 06/10/21 06/20/21 07/12/21 09/20/21 09/20/21
 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
07/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
Per Act 9 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session, BESE approved 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, and added language to the following bulletins:
  1. LAC 28:LXXIX, Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic)—Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators;
  2. LAC 28:CXV, Bulletin 741—Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators; and
  3. LAC 28:CXXXIX, Bulletin 126—Charter Schools.

The attached revisions clarify policy contained in the aforementioned bulletins for which there have been questions regarding these minimum reopening standard. The highlighted information reflects the new language.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective May 12, 2021.


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.


April 2021

Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Sections 4101 and 4103

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)
04/21/21 06/10/21 06/20/21 07/12/21 09/20/21 09/20/21
 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
07/09/21 - - - - - -

Description:
On March 19, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three (3) feet in classroom settings. The revisions align current policy with the updated CDC guidance.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective March 22, 2021.


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 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations
Many sections

CURRENT POLICY
  |  PROPOSED CHANGE

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
04/21/21 06/10/21 06/20/21 07/12/21 09/20/21 09/20/21
 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
07/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
In accordance with Louisiana R.S. 17:407.40, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) shall conduct a comprehensive review of all standards, rules, and regulations for licenses every three years. As required, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) launched a workgroup comprised of providers and child advocates to review and provide input on updates to Bulletin 137, Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations. The proposed revisions of Bulletin 137 regarding early learning center licensing, child health and safety, and technical edits were endorsed by the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Advisory Council in January 2021.

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
Sections 103, 309, 311 and 313

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)
04/21/21 06/10/21 06/20/21 07/12/21 09/20/21 09/20/21
 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
07/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) launched a workgroup comprised of providers and child advocates to review and provide input on changes to Bulletin 139. Recommendations for potential policy include updates in response to recent federal monitoring findings, early learning center requirements, and additional clarification for providers. The proposed revisions of Bulletin 139 were endorsed by the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Advisory Council in January 2021.


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 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
Sections 509, 511, and 512

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)
04/21/21 06/10/21 06/20/21 07/12/21 09/20/21 09/20/21
 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
07/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletin 140 address challenges related to early cihldhood classroom observation coverage as a result of COVID-19, and provide for the following:
  • Extend 2019-2020 Performance Scores and Ratings for sites where this score is higher than the 2020-2021 Performance Score.
  • Mandate SIP participation for sites that score below 3.75 in 2020-2021.
  • Ensure classrooms are equally weighted and provide unique treatment for classrooms that were not required to receive a spring local observation.
  • Abstain from publishing Community Network Performance Scores as well as honor rolls for sites rated “excellent” as well as those making significant growth.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective April 21, 2021.


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 401 and 403

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)
04/21/21 06/10/21 06/20/21 07/12/21 09/20/21 09/20/21
 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
07/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
On March 19, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three (3) feet in classroom settings. The revisions align current policy with the updated CDC guidance.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective March 22, 2021.


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 and 1107

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)
04/21/21 06/10/21 06/20/21 07/12/21 09/20/21 09/20/21
 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
07/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
On March 19, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three (3) feet in classroom settings. The revisions align current policy with the updated CDC guidance.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective March 22, 2021.


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, 350, and 675

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)
04/21/21 07/09/21 - - - - - - 10/20/21
 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
08/09/21 - - - - - -

Description:
The revisions to Bulletin 746 are proposed to achieve the goal of increasing the pool of effective mentor teachers, and include:
  • Mentor teacher waiver for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years;
  • Reduce the number of mentor teacher assessment series tests required;
  • Update provisional mentor teaching ancillary certificate criteria;
  • Honor prior training and experience; and
  • Establish a mentor teacher add-on endorsement for existing certificates.

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 2021


Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Section 6821

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)
03/10/21 04/13/21 04/20/21 05/11/21 - - 07/20/21
 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
05/09/21 - - - - - -

Description:
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed revisions enable high school seniors enrolled during the spring 2021 semester and graduating by August 31, 2021, to substitute the following in lieu of the LEAP 2025 high school assessment requirement: An ACT composite score of 17 or higher for all students; or A score of Silver or higher on ACT WorkKeys for students pursuing a Career Diploma; or An ACT subject score of 17 or higher in the corresponding LEAP 2025 high school assessment; or The student participates in 20 or more extended learning hours per LEAP 2025 high school assessment subject pair for which the student has yet to achieve level 2 (approaching basic/fair) or above, with such instruction provided by a qualified teacher.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective March 10, 2021.


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)
03/10/21 04/13/21 04/20/21 05/11/21 07/20/21 07/20/21
 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
05/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed revisions enable high school seniors enrolled during the spring 2021 semester and graduating by August 31, 2021, to substitute the following in lieu of the LEAP 2025 high school assessment requirement: An ACT composite score of 17 or higher for all students; or A score of Silver or higher on ACT WorkKeys for students pursuing a Career Diploma; or An ACT subject score of 17 or higher in the corresponding LEAP 2025 high school assessment; or The student participates in 20 or more extended learning hours per LEAP 2025 high school assessment subject pair for which the student has yet to achieve level 2 (approaching basic/fair) or above, with such instruction provided by a qualified teacher.

Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective March 10, 2021.


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)
03/10/21 04/13/21 04/20/21 05/11/21 07/20/21 07/20/21
 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
05/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 pertain to the adoption of the new PRAXIS Middle School Science exam. Educational Testing Services (ETS) recently revised the Middle School Science exam and will discontinue the existing titles. The current exam will not be available after March 31, of 2022. The new PRAXIS Middle School Science exam has been redesigned to reflect expectations for teachers to be ready to engage, instruct, and support 21st century students. The new exam is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) standards which incorporate the Tasks of Teaching Science and the Science and Engineering Practices, in addition to input from national advisory committees and over 1000 educators. The attached multi-state standard-setting study recommends a passing score of 152.


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 2021

Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
Sections 103, 311, 503, 511, 513, 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)
01/19/21 02/10/21 02/20/21 03/12/21 05/20/21 05/20/21
 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
03/12/21 None - - - -

Description:
The proposed revisions to Bulletin 126 more effectively align BESE and local charter authorizing processes, provide for the inclusion of intentional questions requiring applicants to substantiate that the proposed school will improve outcomes for the intended student population, and reflect updated authorizing priorities aligned to national best practices.


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
Sections 509 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)
01/19/21 02/10/21 02/20/21 03/12/21 05/20/21 05/20/21
 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
03/12/21 None - - - -

Description:
The proposed revision to Bulletin 139 includes:
  • CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program) Rate Increase: Increase the daily CCAP reimbursement rates based on results from the updated 2020 Market Rate Survey;
  • Payments to Providers at State Maximum Rate: Allow providers to be reimbursed at the state maximum daily rate, irrespective of the provider's own rates; and
  • Update to CCAP Income Eligibility (State Median Income): Align with other funding types and increase the income eligibility for CCAP to 65% of the State Median Income (SMI).
Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective February 1, 2021.


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 2020

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
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)
12/16/20 01/13/21 01/20/21 02/10/21 04/20/21 04/20/21
 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
02/09/21 None - - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletin 111 include:
  • A skip-year formula to calculate the progress index for 2021 school performance scores without LEAP 2025 scores from the 2019-2020 school year; 
  • A one-year provision for identification of Comprehensive Intervention Required (CIR) and Urgent Intervention Required (UIR) labels due to the cancellation of spring assessments and accountability results for the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Adjusted timelines to allow flexibility in the event of a future pandemic or natural disaster; 
  • Language alignment for statewide assessment and corresponding achievement levels that transition from End-of-Course tests to LEAP 2025 high school and from LAA1 to LEAP Connect; 
  • Clarification for the inclusion of English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) scores at pair/share sites;
  • Alternative school accountability; and
  • Office of Juvenile Justice accountability to align with alternative school accountability and overlapping measures.

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
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)
12/16/20 02/10/21 02/20/21 03/12/21 05/20/21 05/20/21
 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
03/12/21 None - - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletin 118 include:
    • Adjust timelines to allow for flexibility in the event of a future pandemic or natural disaster;
    • Update assessments that are included in statewide administrations and the corresponding achievement levels to transition from End-of-Course (EOC) tests to LEAP 2025 high school and from LAA1 to LEAP Connect;
    • Align accommodations to new assessments;
    • Eliminate language related to LEAP grade 4 and 8 summer retests; and
    • Simplify requirements for promotion of students in fourth and eighth grades.

    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
    Section 4101

    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)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 01/20/21 02/10/21 04/20/21 04/20/21
     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
    02/09/21 None - - - -

    Description:
    The proposed revisions enable Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to continue to implement, for the duration of Executive Proclamation 168 JBE 2020, the current policy regarding Phase 3 minimum requirements, pertaining to the reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective November 25, 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 135, Health and Safety
    Sections 501, 503, and 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)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 01/20/21 02/10/21 04/20/21 04/20/21
     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
    02/09/21 None - - - -

    Description: 
    Act 259 of the 2020 Regular Legislative Session requires each school that participates in interscholastic athletics to follow best practices for all activities that do not occur in a climate-controlled facility. The guidelines shall follow the modified guidelines of the American College on Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers' Association surrounding heat acclimatization and wet bulb globe treatment policies. Further, Act 259 provides that these policies shall occur on school campuses during summer conditioning, pre-season practices or games, fall or spring sports, and when a coach is present.

    The proposed revisions align Bulletin 135 with the Act 259 (2020) requirements.

    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date 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 707

    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)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 01/20/21 02/10/21 05/20/21 05/20/21
     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
    02/09/21 None - - - -

    Description:
    Current policy establishes that in order to be eligible for the School Readiness Tax Credit (SRTC), early learning center directors and staff members must verify having worked at the same early learning center for at least six months in the calendar year and for an average of at least 30 hours per week, unless otherwise approved by the LDE.

    Many early learning centers in Louisiana experienced lengthy interruptions in operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus limiting access to the SRTC for center directors and staff during the 2020 calendar year. In response, the proposed revisions approved by BESE adjust the minimum work requirements for 2020 Tax Year SRTC eligibility. Specifically, for the 2020 calendar year only, a center director or staff member shall only have to verify having worked at the same early learning center for at least 300 hours in order to meet the SRTC work requirement.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective December 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 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
    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)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 01/20/21 02/10/21 04/20/21 04/20/21
     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
    02/09/21 None - - - -

    Description: 
    Current policy requires all infant, toddler, and pre-K classrooms in a publicly funded site to receive two CLASS® observations conducted by the community network during a school year. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed revisions would require, for the 2020-2021 school year only, all infant, toddler, and pre-k classrooms in a publicly-funded site to receive one CLASS® observation conducted by the community network during the school year. Any infant, toddler, and/or pre-K classroom that is scored 4.49 or lower after third party replacement (if applicable) shall then be observed a second time by the community network.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective December 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 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
    Section 401

    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)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 01/20/21 02/10/21 04/20/21 04/20/21
     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
    02/09/21 None - - - -

    Description: 
    The proposed revisions enable Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to continue to implement, for the duration of Executive Proclamation 168 JBE 2020, the current policy regarding Phase 3 minimum requirements, pertaining to the reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective November 25, 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
    Section 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)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 01/20/21 02/10/21 04/20/21 04/20/21
     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
    02/09/21 None - - - -

    Description: 
    The proposed revisions enable Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to continue to implement, for the duration of Executive Proclamation 168 JBE 2020, the current policy regarding Phase 3 minimum requirements, pertaining to the reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective November 25, 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
    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)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 01/20/21 02/10/21 05/20/21 05/20/21
     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
    02/09/21 None - - - -

    Description: 
    Current policy does not permit the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) to consider performance on PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: 5712, 5722, and/or 5732 if the tests were taken after July 31, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous educators registered for those exams prior to the July 31, 2020, phase out date, but were unable to schedule the exam until after July 31, 2020.

    The proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 extend the effective date of the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: 5712, 5722, and 5732 exams to December 31, 2020. This revision would allow the LDE to consider, for purposes of initial certification, performance on the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: 5712, 5722, and/or 5732 for those educators who registered for and achieved a passing score by December 31, 2020.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective December 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 1903, Regulations and Guidelines for Education of Dyslexic Students
    Repeal and reestablish entire bulletin

    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)
    12/16/20 02/10/21 02/20/21 03/12/21  04/21/21 06/20/21 06/20/21
     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
    03/12/21 None - - - -

    Description:
    Beginning in August 2020, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) convened a working group to review Bulletin 1903 in order to make recommendations for revisions to be considered by BESE. Proposed policy revisions repeal existing policy and re-establish Bulletin 1903 in accordance with Act 206 of the 2020 Regular Legislative Session and R.S. 17:7.

    Consistent with the recommendations of the Bulletin 1903 Workgroup, the LDE drafted policy in a revised Bulletin 1903 that was then vetted through advisory councils. The revisions were endorsed by the Dyslexia Workgroup and the Early Literacy Commission, as well as being presented to the Special Education Advisory Council and Superintendents' Advisory Council. The concluding document does the following:
    • Rename the bulletin in a manner consistent with other bulletins;
    • Align the definition of dyslexia with recently enacted legislation;
    • Update the characteristics of dyslexia to reflect current research and grade level appropriateness;
    • Improve program criteria regulations to reflect current best practices; and
    • Format and organize the policy in a sequential format with a clear focus on identifying and providing support to students at risk for dyslexia.
    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 2020

    Bulletin 119, Louisiana School Transportation Specifications and Procedures
    Many sections

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    10/14/20 - - - - - - - - - -
     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
    - - - - - - - -

    Description:
    In 2007, BESE consolidated four transportation-related bulletins into Bulletin 119. Though this shift streamlined state transportation policy, many non-regulatory references, including those related to vehicle specifications and operational procedures, remain in Bulletin 119. In order to further streamline state transportation policy, BESE approved additional revisions to Bulletin 119. The proposed revisions maintain current statutory and regulatory transportation requirements, while eliminating language that is non-regulatory in nature, including, but not limited to, vehicle specifications and operational procedures. Such non-regulatory issues will be included in supplemental guidance documents published on the LDE website.

    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
    Section 2801

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    10/14/20 - - - - - - - - - -
     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
    - - - - - - - -

    Description:
    Bulletin 126 outlines transportation requirements for BESE-authorized charter schools. BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 126 to align current charter school transportation policy with Bulletin 119, Louisiana School Transportation Specifications and Procedures.

    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 130, Regulations for the Evaluation and Assessment of School Personnel
    Sections 105, 301, and 305

    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)
    10/14/20 12/10/20 12/20/20 01/11/21 03/20/21 03/20/21
     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
    01/09/21 None - - - -

    Description:
    Current policy requires that 50 percent of the personnel evaluation for teachers and administrators be based on a qualitative measure of teacher and administrator performance shall include a minimum of two observations or site visits. The proposed revision would require, for the 2020-2021 academic year only, the 50 percent of the evaluation that is based on a qualitative measure of teacher and administrator performance include one announced observation for teachers and administrators. However, any teacher or administrator who earns an observation rating of Ineffective or Effective: Emerging shall be observed a second time.

    Current policy requires one learning target for administrators to be based on overall school performance improvement in the current school year, as measured by the school performance score, and one learning target to be based on growth in a component (e.g., ELA or math improvement) of the school performance score. The proposed revision, for the 2020-2021 academic year only, will allow learning targets for administrators to be based upon the school performance score or by formative assessment data.


    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 131, Alternative Education Schools/Programs Standards
    Section 2101

    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)
    10/14/20 12/10/20 12/20/20 01/11/21 03/20/21 03/20/21
     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
    01/09/21 None - - - -

    Description:
    Bulletin 131 requires the LDE to submit to BESE by October of each year, a report on alternative education schools and programs in Louisiana. The report has been deferred for the past two years' October submission due to required data that is not available by the October deadline. Data for the prior school year, such as school performance scores (SPS) and student discipline data (e.g., exit outcomes, dropout counts, etc.), are not traditionally finalized until the end of November.  In order to facilitate timely and accurate submission of required annual reports, BESE approved a policy revision that changes the submission date from an October submission to an annual January submission. The 2019-2020 Alternative Schools and Programs Annual Report will be presented for BESE consideration at the January 2021 Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee meeting.


    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.

     

     

     
    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 111 - Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System - Section 801 (Board action: 08/18/21)

    08/18/21 09/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 118 - Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices - Section 6913 (Board action: 08/18/21)

    08/18/21 09/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 137 - Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations - Section 1723 (Board action: 08/18/21)

    08/18/21 09/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 746 - Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel - Sections 203, 350, and 675 (BESE President action: 06/28/21)

    06/28/21 07/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 126 - Charter Schools - Sections 4101 and 4103 (Board action: 05/12/21)

    05/12/21 06/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 741 - Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Sections 401 and 403 (Board action: 05/12/21)

    05/12/21 06/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic) -Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Sections 1105 and 1107 (Board action: 05/12/21)

    05/12/21  06/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 140 - Louisiana early Childhood Care and Education network - Sections 509, 511, and 512 (Board action: 04/21/21)

    04/21/21 05/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 741 - Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Sections 401 and 403 (BESE President action: 03/22/21)

    03/22/21 06/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic) -Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Sections 1105 and 1107 (BESE President action: 03/22/21)

    03/22/21 06/20/21 120 days
    Bulletin 126 - Charter Schools - Sections 4101 and 4103 (BESE President action: 03/22/21)

    03/22/21 06/20/21 120 days