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III.ESTIMATED COSTS AND/OR ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO DIRECTLY AFFECTED PERSONS OR NONGOVERNMENTAL GROUPS (Summary)

There should be no effect on costs and/or economic benefits to directly affected persons or non-governmental groups.

IV.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND EMPLOYMENT (Summary)

There should be no impact on competition and employment.

Beth Scioneaux

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0810#032

NOTICE OF INTENT

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Bulletin 118—Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices—LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LAC 28:CXI.Chapter 19)

In accordance with R.S. 49:950 et seq., the Administrative Procedure Act, notice is hereby given that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved for advertisement revisions to Bulletin 118Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices: §1901. Overview; §1903. Introduction; §1905. Participation Criteria; §1907. Test Structure; §1909. Scoring; Subchapter E. Alternate Achievement Levels and Performance Standards; §1911. LAA 1 Alternate Achievement Levels; §1913. Performance Standards; Subchapter F. Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors; §1915. Introduction; §1917. Grade span 3-4 Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors; §1919. Grade Span 5-6 Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors; §1921. Grade Span 7-8 Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors; §1923. Grade Span 9-10 Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors; §1925. LAA 1 Science Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors. LAA 1 Science Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors. The document will provide new and updated statewide test information and provide easy access to that information. It was necessary to revise the bulletin at this time to incorporate new and edited guidelines to the Louisiana Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LAA 1) statewide assessment program. New policy language, updates, scaled-score ranges, achievement levels, and achievement level descriptors are being added to Chapter 19, Louisiana Alternate Assessment Level 1 (LAA 1). The new policy addresses English language arts and mathematics being assessed in grade spans 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 9-10 and science being assessed at grades 4, 8, and 11.

Title 28

EDUCATION

Part CXI.  Bulletin 118—Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices

Chapter 19.LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1

Subchapter A.Background

§1901.Overview

A.The LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LAA 1), is a specially designed assessment program that evaluates students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. LAA 1 represents an assessment of extended standards

relative to the general education components of the Louisiana state assessment program (i.e., LEAP, iLEAP, and GEE). As such, it meets NCLB requirements to assess students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in the state (sometimes called "1 percent" students), with its results contributing to school, district, and state accountability decisions.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:24.4 (F) (3) and R.S. 17:183.1–17:183.3.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Department of Education, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 31:1556 (July 2005), amended LR 32:239 (February 2006), LR 33:425 (March 2007), LR 35:

Subchapter B.General Provisions

§1903.Introduction

A.The LAA 1 is a performance-based student assessment that evaluates each student’s knowledge and skills in the Louisiana content standards using extended standards (ES).

1.LAA 1 correlates to the ESs that are extensions of the state academic content standards.
2.The ESs capture the essence of the content standards and provide a way for students with significant cognitive disabilities to access the general education curriculum.

B.Three levels of academic complexity related to each ES provide instructional access for students with varying academic abilities.

1.The ESs are organized in four grade spans that represent the core academic content considered appropriate for students taking LAA 1 at each grade span:
a.grades 3-4;
b.grades 5-6;
c.grades 7-8; and
d.grades 9-11.

C.Definitions

Alternate Assessment—a substitute approach used in gathering information on the performance of students who do not participate in typical state assessments. (from Alternate Assessment Resource Matrix [CCSSO, SCASS-ASES, 1999].
Content Standards—broad statements of what students should know and be able to do.
Benchmarks—define the standards more specifically.
GLEs—state what all students should know and be able to do at the end of a given grade level.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:24.4 (F) (3) and R.S. 17:183.1–17:183.3.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Department of Education, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Student and School Performance, LR 33:425 (March 2007), LR 35:

Subchapter C.Target Population

§1905.Participation Criteria

(refer to Bulletin 1530—Louisiana’s IEP Handbook for Students with Disabilities)

Subchapter D.LAA 1 Test Design

§1907.Test Structure

A.LAA 1 is organized by grade spans.

Content Area

Grade Span

Skill Area

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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