Quality High School Outcomes for students who take the LAA-1 assessment
With the passage of Act 833 of 2014, students eligible for the LAA-1 assessment now have an opportunity to earn a high school diploma through an alternative pathway. SEAP will discuss a proposal by LDOE for students on LAA-1 to earn credits in applied level (individualized) courses. These course credits would count as requirements for the student to earn a diploma. LDOE has shared this plan with some advocates and educators and received positive feedback for developing a plan that aligns graduation requirements for students on LAA-1 with the graduation requirements for all students.
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.
Each year the Louisiana Department of Education develops a plan of activities to support and monitor school systems using about 24 million special education (IDEA - Federal) dollars. LDOE's proposed plan (budget) for these activities will be revealed at SEAP.