2011 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 17 — Education
RS 17:24.4 — Louisiana competency-based education program; statewide standards for required subjects; louisiana educational assessment program; parish or city school board comprehensive pupil progression plan; waivers


LA Rev Stat § 17:24.4 What's This?

§24.4. Louisiana Competency-Based Education Program; statewide standards for required subjects; Louisiana Educational Assessment Program; parish or city school board comprehensive pupil progression plans; waivers

A. As used in this Section, the following words, terms, and phrases shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this Subsection, except when the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

(1) "The Louisiana Competency-Based Education Program" means the coordination of all existing statutory provisions and State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education policies and guidelines to be implemented by the Department of Education which affect pupil performance with the development and establishment of statewide curriculum standards for required subjects for the public elementary and secondary schools of this state, the complete implementation of the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, the involvement of all federal instructional programs, vocational programs, special education programs, and teacher education programs in this state, and the pupil progression plans for the public elementary and secondary school systems of this state.

(2) "The Louisiana Educational Assessment Program" means a process of measuring pupil performance in relation to grade appropriate skills, state curriculum standards, and national educational indices.

(3) "Pupil progression plan" means the comprehensive plan developed and adopted by each parish or city school board which shall be based on student performance on the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program with goals and objectives which are compatible with the Louisiana Competency-Based Education Program and which supplements the minimum standards approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. A pupil progression plan shall require the student's mastery of grade-appropriate skills before he or she can be recommended for promotion.

(4) "The statewide curriculum standards for required subjects" means the required subjects to be taught, curriculum guides which contain grade appropriate skills and competencies, suggested activities, suggested materials of instructions, and minimum required time allotments for instruction in all subjects.

B. The Department of Education, with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Louisiana Legislature, shall begin the Louisiana Competency-Based Education Program, and the recommended effective date shall be January 1, 1980, and said program shall have as its purpose the coordination of all statutory provisions and State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education policies and guidelines to be implemented by the Department of Education which affect student performance.

C. The Louisiana Competency-Based Education Program shall specifically coordinate the following programs in order to emphasize instructional planning and development of the instructional programs and services provided for the students in the public school systems of this state:

(1), (2) Repealed by Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 1, §3, eff. June 22, 1994.

(3) In-service training programs for all teachers in the public schools as provided by R.S. 17:24.1.

(4) The continuing education program for teachers as provided by R.S. 17:7.3.

(5) The teacher education programs in the colleges and universities in this state through the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's authority to approve teacher education programs and certification requirements.

D. The Louisiana Competency-Based Education Program shall also provide for the coordination and involvement of all federal instructional programs such as Chapter I programs, vocational programs, and special education programs; however, the provisions of this Section shall not be construed to supersede the provisions of Act 754 of the 1977 Regular Session with respect to the creation, operation, and administration of special education programs in the state.

E. The Department of Education shall, with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, as part of the Louisiana Competency-Based Education Program, develop and establish statewide curriculum standards for required subjects to be taught in the public elementary and secondary schools of this state; however, no such standards or scores shall exceed any national average standards, scores, or percentile rankings. The effective implementation date of the statewide curriculum standards for required subjects shall be the 1981-1982 school year. Development of such curriculum shall begin by the 1979-1980 school year, and be piloted by the Department of Education during the 1980-1981 school year. The statewide curriculum standards for required subjects shall be implemented by the Department of Education as approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, with recommendations prior to approval and advice from the educational personnel in the public schools and colleges and universities of this state.

F.(1)(a) The Department of Education shall begin implementation of a Louisiana Educational Assessment Program with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

(b) Developmental readiness student screening for placement and for planning instruction shall occur upon initial school entry into kindergarten.

(c) Criterion-referenced tests in English/language arts and mathematics based on state content standards and rigorous student achievement standards set with reference to test scores of students of the same grade level nationally shall be piloted in grades four and eight during the 1997-1998 school year and implemented during the 1998-1999 school year if approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Criterion-referenced tests in science and social studies based on state content standards and rigorous student achievement standards set with reference to test scores of students of the same grade level nationally shall be piloted in grades four and eight during the 1998-1999 school year and implemented during the 1999-2000 school year if approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

(d) High school level criterion-referenced tests based on state content standards and rigorous student achievement standards set with reference to test scores of students of the same grade level nationally in mathematics, English/language arts, science, and social studies shall be piloted during the 1999-2000 school year and implemented beginning with the 2000-2001 school year.

(e) The rigor of each criterion-referenced test, at a minimum, shall be comparable to those tests administered as a part of the National Assessment of Education Progress.

(f) The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, upon initial implementation of the tests provided for in this Subsection, shall establish by rule adopted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act the adequate test score to determine successful performance of the student on each test provided for by this Subsection.

(2) Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year and each year thereafter, the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program shall include one criterion-referenced test, one national norm-referenced test, or one augmented norm-referenced test, which shall be given to students statewide in grades three, five, six, seven, and nine. The National Assessment of Educational Progress shall be administered, if it is available, to at least a sample of fourth and eighth grade students.

(3)(a) In lieu of the criterion-referenced tests prescribed in Subparagraphs (1)(c) and (d) of this Subsection and the tests prescribed in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection and beginning no later than July 1, 2000, an alternate assessment shall be provided for and administered only to those students with disabilities who meet specific eligibility criteria developed by the state Department of Education and approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. A determination of whether any student meets the eligibility criteria established by the state Department of Education shall be made by the student's Individual Education Plan committee and shall be so noted on that student's Individual Education Plan. The alternate assessment developed pursuant to this Paragraph shall be administered on a schedule determined by the state Department of Education and approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The alternate assessment shall be part of the Louisiana Education Assessment Program otherwise provided for in this Subsection and the alternate assessment shall be used for information, accountability, compliance, and planning purposes as provided by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

(b)(i) In addition to the alternate assessment accommodations adopted to meet the needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities, no later than September 1, 2005, the state Department of Education, with approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, shall develop modified achievement standards and use alternative assessments to accommodate those students who are assessed with persistent academic disabilities but who are likely to make significant progress.

(ii) Students with persistent academic disabilities shall be allowed to take academic assessments that are sensitive to measuring progress in their learning and that recognize their individual needs. Academic assessments are to be geared specifically toward accommodating students to enable them to perform on criterion-referenced tests prescribed in Subparagraphs (1)(c) and (d) of this Subsection and the norm-referenced tests prescribed in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection. Such accommodations shall include at a minimum verbalized test questions and shall provide for writing assistance of a scribe and any other accommodations deemed appropriate by the student's Individual Education Plan committee. However, any such accommodations shall not breach test security or invalidate the meaning of the test score or the purpose of the test.

(iii) At each IEP meeting a written list of accommodations shall be discussed and provided to the parent of each student with a disability.

(4)(a) In addition to the other requirements of this Subsection, the department shall establish, subject to the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the results on certain of the tests or on certain portions of the tests given as required in this Subsection in third and seventh grade as indicative of the student's proficiency in at least mathematics and reading or language arts and the level of achievement on certain of the tests or on certain portions of the tests administered in fourth and eighth grade and at the secondary level as definitive of the level of the student's proficiency in mathematics, English/language arts, science, and social studies. The level of proficiency required of fourth and eighth grade students in order to proceed with their schooling without intervention shall be established by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education by rule adopted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act and shall be set with reference to test scores of students of the same grade level nationally. However, by not later than December 30, 2009, the state superintendent of education shall submit recommendations to the board for expanding the opportunities, in limited circumstances, for students who fail to achieve the required proficiency levels to be promoted to grades five and nine, and by not later than January 30, 2010, the board shall approve and implement such recommendations. Additionally, the board shall make information available to the public and to the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education indicating where a sample of students who score at the state's proficiency level on the state criterion-referenced tests score on a national norm-referenced test. The department shall establish, subject to the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the nature and application of various intervention options in the case of a failure to demonstrate proficiency, which may include remediation, retention in grade, an alternative placement in succeeding grades, or any other option which will support a student's achieving the required proficiency level.

(b) In meeting the requirements of this Paragraph, the department, subject to the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, shall:

(i) Establish a process for consistently seeking and considering input from teachers, administrators, city and parish school board members, legislators, parents, business leaders, and other persons in the community in developing and establishing the proficiency levels and the intervention options provided for in this Paragraph.

(ii) Develop a time line for: establishing the levels of achievement which shall be indicative and definitive of student proficiency, establishing the intervention options which proceed from failure of a student to achieve the level necessary to demonstrate proficiency, and piloting such levels and interventions no later than the 1998-1999 school year.

(iii) Implement the provisions of this Paragraph fully by the 1999-2000 school year.

G.(1) Each city and parish school board shall appoint a committee which shall be representative of the parents of the school district under the authority of such school board. Each committee shall participate and have input in the development of the pupil progression plans provided for in this Section. Each parish or city school board shall develop and submit to the state Department of Education for approval by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education a pupil progression plan which shall be in accordance with the requirements of this Section and be based upon student achievement, performance, and proficiency on tests required by this Section. Beginning with the 1998-1999 school year and thereafter, approval by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall not be required for a pupil progression plan.

(2) Each parish or city school board plan for pupil progression shall be based upon local goals and objectives which are compatible with the Louisiana Competency-Based Education Program numerated in R.S. 17:24.4(B), which comply with the provisions of R.S. 17:24.4(A)(3), and which supplement the performance standards approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

(3)(a) Each local school board shall establish a policy regarding student promotion or placement which shall comply with the provisions of this Section, including the requirements for pupil progression plans.

(b) Particular emphasis shall be placed upon the student's proficiency in grade appropriate skills which may be considered in promotion and placement; however, each local school board shall establish a policy regarding student promotion or placement.

(4)(a) The governing body of each school with students required by law or a rule of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to participate in the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program shall develop a policy with the participation and input of the committee provided for in this Subsection which shall, at a minimum, conform to any rule adopted by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding pupil promotion. Following this policy, each teacher shall, on an individualized basis, determine promotion or placement of each student. Each such governing body may review promotion and placement decisions in order to insure compliance with its established policy. Review may be initiated by the governing body, the superintendent, or a student's parent or guardian. Those students who fail to meet required achievement levels on the state administered criterion-referenced tests of the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program shall be offered education programs designed to accelerate progress that comply with regulations adopted by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Such programs shall include, at a minimum, the offering of a summer school remediation program to all students who do not meet the minimum achievement level necessary to be fully promoted to the fifth or ninth grade as established by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education rule.

(b) Summer school remediation programs as required in this Section shall meet minimum requirements as established by rule of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and shall be funded in part with a state appropriation specifically for such purpose and in part with other funds available to each governing body of schools required by this Paragraph to provide summer school remediation programs. The Department of Education may allocate and disburse the money appropriated for summer school remediation programs to such governing bodies at the time the number of students who failed to meet the minimum required achievement level is known, rather than on a cost reimbursement basis once the summer school program is complete.

(c) Local school boards may require students who fail to meet the required achievement level on a test necessary for promotion to the next grade to attend a remediation program, including requiring attending the summer remediation program, but shall exempt from such summer program any student whose parent or guardian signs a form which states, at a minimum, all of the following:

(i) That such parent or guardian understands that the student has failed to meet the required achievement level for promotion to the next grade.

(ii) That a summer school remediation program is being offered by the district to improve the skills of students who have failed to meet the required achievement level.

(iii) That the parent or guardian will take the responsibility of remediation to help the student improve his skills necessary for meeting the required achievement level on the test.

(iv) That the student will not be fully promoted to the next grade level unless a retest is taken and the student obtains the required achievement level.

H. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education may establish by rule adopted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act a procedure whereby the state superintendent of education may grant a waiver allowing any student with an exceptionality, as defined in R.S. 17:1942(B), who fails to meet the required achievement level necessary for promotion to the next grade on a test administered to students pursuant to this Section or policies adopted by the board upon the request of the local superintendent of the school system in which the student is enrolled in school, provided that the student meets certain criteria established by the board relative to attendance, grades, and conduct.

I. The state superintendent of education shall appoint a twelve-member task force to study and identify the causes of low performance by students, including students who are members of any ethnic minority, on statewide proficiency examinations. The task force shall propose to the superintendent a plan to eliminate the causes of low performance and assist students in improving their overall educational skills.

J. Repealed by Acts 2009, No. 438, §2.

Added by Acts 1979, No. 750, §1, eff. July 20, 1979. Amended by Acts 1980, No. 499, §1; Acts 1984, No. 886, §1, eff. July 20, 1984; Acts 1986, No. 146, §1, eff. July 2, 1986; Acts 1989, No. 408, §1, eff. June 30, 1989; Acts 1989, No. 567, §1; Acts 1993, No. 868, §1; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 1, §3, eff. June 22, 1994; Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 40, §1; Acts 1997, No. 1335, §1, eff. July 15, 1997; Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 41, §1, eff. April 24, 1998; Acts 1999, No. 407, §1; Acts 1999, No. 643, §§1, 2; Acts 2005, No. 303, §1, eff. June 29, 2005; Acts 2008, No. 907, §1, eff. July 11, 2008; Acts 2009, No. 276, §1, eff. July 1, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 438, §2; Acts 2010, No. 116, §1.

NOTE: SEE ACTS 1986, NO. 146, §4.

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