Interested persons may submit written comments until 4:30 p.m., December 9, 2008, to Nina A. Ford, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.
Amy B. Westbrook, Ph.D.
FISCAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
RULE TITLE: Bulletin 118—Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1
I.ESTIMATED IMPLEMENTATION COSTS (SAVINGS) TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (Summary)
The proposed rule change will provide new and updated statewide test information regarding LAA 1 test design, LAA 1 Achievement Level Descriptors, LAA 1 Achievement Levels, and LAA 1 Scaled Score Ranges. LAA 1 English language arts and mathematics scaled score ranges are identified in grade spans 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. Science scaled score ranges are given for grades 4, 8, and 11. The proposed rule change will have no implementation cost to state or local governmental units.
II.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON REVENUE COLLECTIONS OF STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNITS (Summary)
There will be no effect on revenue collections at the state or local governmental levels.
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.
H. Gordon Monk
Legislative Fiscal Officer
Legislative Fiscal Office
NOTICE OF INTENT
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Bulletin 118―Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices—Testing (LAC 28:CXI.305, 307, 309, 311, 312, 313, 315, 501, 701, 2011, 2701)
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 118―Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices: §305, Test Security Policy; §307, Change of District Test Coordinator Notification; §309, Erasure Analysis; §311, Addressing Suspected Violations of Test Security and Troubling Content in Written Responses (Constructed Responses, Short Answers, and Essays); §312, Administrative Error; §313, Viewing Answer Documents; §315, Emergencies during Testing; §501, District Test Coordinator Role; §701, Overview of Assessment Programs in Louisiana;
§2011, Grade 4 Achievement Level Descriptors; §2701, Administration and Scoring. 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 the new name of The Division of Standards, Assessments, and Accountability (DSAA) to Division of Assessments and Accountability, (DAA), make updates to the Assessment Program Overview chart and to incorporate guidelines for the newly developed statewide assessment, LAA 1 and make edits to LAA 2 Grade 4 achievement level descriptors for science at the Foundational and Pre-Foundational levels and Grade 4 achievement level descriptors for social studies at the Basic and Approaching Basic levels.
Part CXI. Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Chapter 3.Test Security
§305.Test Security Policy
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j.fail to report any testing irregularities to the district test coordinator (a testing irregularity is any incident in test handling or administration that leads to a question regarding the security of the test or the accuracy of the test data), who must report such incidents to the LDE, Division of Assessments and Accountability;
4.Each school district as described in this policy shall develop and adopt a district test security policy that is in compliance with the state’s test security policy. A Statement of Assurance regarding the LEA's test security policy must be submitted annually to the LDE, Division of Assessments and Accountability. This statement must include the name of the individual designated by the district superintendent or institution to procure test material. The policy shall provide:
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c.Any discrepancies noted in the serial numbers of test booklets, answer documents, and any supplementary secure materials, or the quantity received from contractors must be reported to the LDE, Division of Assessments and Accountability, by the designated institutional or school district personnel prior to the administration of the test.
d.In the event that test booklets, answer documents, or supplementary secure materials are determined to be missing while in the possession of the institution or school district or in the event of any other testing irregularities or breaches of security, the designated institutional or school district personnel must immediately notify by telephone the LDE, Division of Assessments and Accountability, and follow the detailed procedures for investigating and reporting specified in this policy.
f.Each district superintendent or institution must annually designate one individual in the district or institution as district test coordinator, who is authorized to procure test materials that are utilized in testing programs administered by or through the SBESE of the LDE. The name of the individual designated must be provided in writing to the LDE, Division of Assessments and Accountability, and included on the Statement of Assurance.
Louisiana Register Vol. 34, No. 10 October 20, 2008