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BESE needs to hear your voice!
April 8, 2015

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)  meets next week  to consider multiple issues. The following are important issues that impact students with disabilities the most:
  • New requirements for students assessed on LAA-1 to earn a Career Diploma.
  • Limiting the amount a student's performance on an End-of-Course test has on the final course grade to five percent for students eligible under an alternative pathway to a diploma (Act 833).

If any of these issues are important to you, put on your purple shirt and join fellow LaTEACH members at BESE!

WHEN:        Tuesday, April 14 & 15, 2015 beginning at 9:00 am


WHERE:      Claiborne Building

The Louisiana Purchase Room (1-100)

1201 N. Third Street

Baton Rouge, LA  70802

LaTEACH members are encouraged to attend BESE meetings to remind BESE members that decisions should be made that consider the best interest of ALL kids.


If you don't have a purple LaTEACH shirt, contact your LaTEACH Regional Leader and we will provide one for you at the BESE meeting.

BESE Committee Meetings

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

9:00 am    
Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee

11:00 am  Administration and Finance Committee

12:30 pm  Educator Effectiveness Committee

2:00 pm    School Innovation and Turnaround Committee


Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


9:00 am   Full Board

BESE Members

Contact your BESE member to tell them how you feel about these issues.


Click HERE for the list of BESE Members by district.

BESE Committee Meetings

Agenda Items of Interest to Students with Disabilities

April 14th, 2015

9:00 a.m.  Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement


Item 5.1    Consideration of revisions to Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, related to the creation of a diploma option for students assessed on the Louisiana Alternate Assessment, Level 1, (LAA1).

Requirements for Students on LAA-1 to earn a Career Diploma

The proposed rules on the BESE website are not the final version expected to be given to BESE.  The Louisiana Department of Education indicated a revised version will be presented to BESE to include language recommended by the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council clarifying that these rules are how a student on LAA-1 can satisfy the pathway requirements for a Career Diploma.   Advocates of Act 833 are grateful that th e Louisiana Department of Education listened to concerns about the original proposed language that implied a new seperate diploma would be created and agreed to submit a revised version at the BESE meeting.  P arents and educators have expressed  agreement with the proposal to align course requirements for students on LAA-1 to the course requirements of all students.  This alignment will provide employers and others a more accurate understanding of which courses the student passed to graduate. The alignment of expectations for students on LAA-1 would ensure that all students continue to receive instruction to a balanced approach of academics and career course work.


EOC Scores in Final Course Grades

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is proposing expanding an existing rule that counts the End-of-Course score as five percent of the final course grade for students on LAA-2 to include students on an alternate pathway for a diploma (Act 833).  For most students the End-of-Course test score counts for between 15% - 30% of their final course grade (the percentage is determined by the school district).  LaTEACH members were instrumental in getting the five percent rule passed for students on LAA-2 and it seems appropriate to expand this for students on an alternative pathway for a diploma.


Click HERE for the original proposed rule change.



11:00 a.m.    Admin and Finance


12:30 p.m.    Educator Effectiveness


 2:00 p.m.     School Innovation and Turnaround


Click HERE for all the April BESE Agendas.

Did You Take Action?
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Ple ase let us know if you contacted your BESE Member or attended a BESE  meeting by emailing us at .
Any questions?
If there are any questions about the information in this alert, contact LaTEACH at:
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Phone: 1-800-450-8108
Phone: 1-800-894-6558

LaTEACH is an initiative of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council.