Title 17. Education

Chapter 1. General School Law

Part I. Elementary and Secondary Education

Subpart A. State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education


17:10.3       School and district accountability; prohibited testing; exceptions


A. A student with an exceptionality as defined in R.S. 17:1942(B), who is not deemed gifted and talented and who is not pursuing a regular diploma shall not be administered any test pursuant to R.S. 17:24.4 or the state’s school and district accountability system, including the American College Test, unless the student’s parent or other legal guardian requests, in writing, that the student be administered the test or the student’s Individualized Education Program indicates that the test is an appropriate assessment instrument for the student. 


B. (1) The nonparticipation of a student with an exceptionality as provided in Subsection A of this Section in the administration of any test shall not, in any manner, be factored into the calculation of any performance score or performance letter grade assigned to any school or school system in which the student is enrolled, provided that such exclusion does not violate any federal law or requirement, including the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 


(2) A student who is not administered a test pursuant to this Section shall not be penalized for failure to take the test. For purposes of this Subsection, prohibited penalties include but are not limited to: 


(a) Withholding of credits toward graduation or denying a student the ability to graduate. 


(b) Denying a student the opportunity to participate in an extracurricular activity. 


(c) Denying a student the ability to advance to the subsequent grade level. 


Added by Acts 2013, No. 291, § 1, eff. June 14, 2013. Amended by Acts 2017, No. 97, § 1.