When are students tested? 1
Annually, 3rd through 11th grades
What subjects are tested? 1
What types of questions are used? 1
Extended written response
How are test results used? 1
High school graduation (exit exam)
Identification of students at risk
Improvement of instruction
School performance reporting
School awards or recognition
What tests are used? 1
Developmental Readiness Screening (kindergarten)
Criterion-referenced testing (grades 3, 5, 7)
Norm-referenced testing (grades 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Louisiana Graduation Exit Examination (grades 10, 11)
Are students with disabilities exempt? 2, 3
Exemptions given to students who are not placed in Specially Designed Regular Instructional Programs, as determined by IEP team.
What accommodations are available so
that students with disabilities can participate? 2
List of accommodations approved by state Department of Education
Other accommodations available as recommended by IEP team.
Testing modifications should not be different
from those indicated on IEP and provided in the classroom.
How are scores of students with disabilities
Criterion-referenced testing - School, district, and statewide reports combine ("aggregate") scores of students with and without disabilities.
Norm-referenced testing - School, district, and statewide reports combine ("aggregate") scores of students with and without disabilities, except for scores of students who require a test modification (accommodation) which cannot be allowed based on the publisher’s norming procedures.
1 Source: PEER Project Survey to expand and update information from Annual Survey of State Student Assessment Programs: Data on 1995-96 Statewide Student Assessment Programs. (Fall 1996). Council of Chief State School Officers.
2 Source: PEER Project review of state policy documents. Documents provided by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). Information confirmed and updated by the PEER Project through direct communication with state officials.
3 NOTE: The IDEA Amendments of 1997 require that all students be included in statewide assessments.
Louisiana Department of Education
Division of Special Populations
P.O. Box 94064, 9th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
Contact: Virginia Beridon, Director
Scott Norten, State Assessment Directory
504-342-3406, Fax: 504-342-1136
Louisiana Parent Centers on Disability
4323 Division Street, Suite 110
Metairie, LA 70002-3179
Contact: Leah Knight
Pyramid Parent Training Project
3132 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70125
Contact: Ursula Markey
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