Promotion/Diploma Pathways

Act 833 of 2014 - What is it?

Policies and Opinion Letters

Additional Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee

Training

Sample Documents

Submit Questions

 

Act 833 of 2014 - What is it?

In 2014 landmark legislation passed the Louisiana Legislature that will provide a pathway to promotion and graduation for certain students wtih disabilities.  Act 833 (previously HB 1015), by Representative John Schroder and Senator Dan Claitor, establishes alternative pathways for grade promotion and graduation for students with disabilities who have not passed standardized tests. This shift in policy is a monumental departure from Louisiana being among the states with the most stringent and restrictive policies for grade promotion and graduation to Louisiana joining many states in recognizing the role a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) should have in determining student outcomes.

The effort to advocate for these changes was a collaborative approach by parents of children with disabilities, administrators of special education, and advocacy organizations.  Together these groups sought a solution to the one-size approach to measuring student success, retention policies that prevented students from accessing higher levels of material, and exiting high school with a document indicating the skills and abilities they achieved.  The La. D.D. Council, La. Association of Special Education Administrators, Families Helping Families Regional Resource Centers, LaTEACH and others remain committed to work together in creating resources to aid in the effective and proper implementation of Act 833 to ensure each student has the opportunity to maximize their potential and earn a diploma - a recognition for their achievements.

Stakeholders were instrumental in ensuring rules promulgated were aligned with the spirit and letter of Act 833.  

Policies and Opinion Letters

BESE met on August 12 and 13, 2014 and approved initial policies revisions related to Act 833 that were aligned with DD Council recommendations and Act 833.  Click the links be to read the Council analysis of the proposed policy revisions and recommendations to align policies with Act 833.

Opinion Letters

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Additional Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Act 833 addresses some of the issues created by how two major federal education laws differ in the goals and purposes educators are responsible to meet for students with disabilities.  A great source to understand the mis-alignment and different purposes of federal education laws is the March 2014 report from the Congressional Research Service:  The Education of Students with Disabilities: Alignment Between the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Graph illustrating how policies impact student exit outcomes: Graduation vs. Reading Rates of Students with Disabilities by State.
 

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Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee

The purpose of the Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee will be to provide guidance and recommendations related to the implementation of alternative pathways for promotion and graduation requirements of certain students.  Recommendations will include, but not limited to, policy changes, guidance documents, monitoring strategies and communications with the public that strive to maintain high expectations for all students and enable each student the opportunity to earn a high school diploma.

Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee Members

All meetings are open to the public and will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates in the North Dakota Room (1-155) of the Claiborne Conference Center, 1201 North Third St., Baton Rouge, La 70802:

  • September 3, 2014    Agenda        Summary                             
  • October 1, 2014         Agenda        Summary            
  • November 12, 2014   Agenda        Summary
  • December 10, 2014   Agenda        Summary                     
  • January 7, 2015         Agenda        Summary
  • February 5, 2015       Agenda        Summary
  • March 4, 2015           CANCELED
  • April 1, 2015              CANCELED                                

Additional meetings will be scheduled as necessary.

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Training

 

Louisiana Department of Education Webinar:

How to Implement Act 833 - Promotion

October 9 & 10, 2014

Louisiana Department of Education Webinar

How to Implement Act 833 - Graduation

September 29 & 30, 2014

Introduction to Act 833 Powerpoint  

Panel Discussions (videos):

Introduction to Act 833    

Act 833 General Discussion:  How and Why?  

Special Education Supervisors Discuss Implementation Plans and Strategies

Why Act 833?

Sample Documents

The documents below were created by teams of educators and administrators in local school systems.  Local school systems were required to implement Act 833 prior to policies and official guidance documents being finalized.  Therefore, special education directors and supervisors from around the state developed documents necessary to guide the process for implementation.  These efforts were done in good faith to ensure implementation based on the best interpretation of Act 833 in the absence of official policy and guidance.  Official policies, i.e., revisions to Bulletins, take months due to the need for public comment on rule revisions.  Documents below are listed as formal communications from the La. Department of Education or as unofficial drafts. 

Student Eligibility and Determination Checklists - Unofficial Drafts

High School Graduation Eligibility Criteria Form.pdf

Promotion Eligibility Criteria Form.pdf

Sample Language to Consider for IEPs - Unofficial Drafts

IEP Statements for Students that Qualify for Alternative Pathways for Promotion/Diploma - Caddo Parish

La. Department of Education Guidance on developing Student Learning Targets.  This guidance is a great guide that directs teachers to prioritize content on standards, develop assessments that provide the best evidence of students' mastery and most importantly, set learning targets for students or minimum levels of performance expected from identified students based on their baseline data.  Similar to what is required by Act 833, SLTs are based on whether students meet reasonably attainable and rigorous learning targets.

Other States' Policies and Guidelines:

New York City Promotion Criteria Guidelines for Students with Disabilities in Grades 3-8 (Fall 2012)

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Submit Questions

Please submit questions to either:

Shawn Fleming at shawn.fleming@la.gov

or

Laureen Mayfield at lmayfield@bpsb.us

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