Louisiana BESE Board approves appeals for standardized test scores for graduation
Graduating high school seniors will have an alternative option to graduate
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - High school seniors may not have to pass a standardized test to graduate. Louisiana BESE Board reapproved its policy to establish an appeals process for qualifying high school seniors who do not meet the state’s LEAP test score requirements.
Louisiana is one out of only eight states that still have the standardized testing requirement to graduate, and they are the only one that does not have an appeals process.
President of the BESE Board, Dr. Holly Boffy, said there will be an alternative in place for seniors who do not meet the testing requirements.
“If they have all of their Carnegie units, and they can demonstrate employability either through a work keys test, a TOPS tech eligibility award, or an industry-based credential that would qualify them for graduation. If they do those two things, then instead of demonstrating their knowledge of standards using a standardized test, they can demonstrate their knowledge of standards through a portfolio,” said Dr. Boffy.
The House Education Committee will conduct an oversight hearing this Thursday, Oct. 24.
According to Dr. Boffy, if the votes are in favor of establishing the appeals, the board will be able to move forward.
If the votes are opposed, then it will be up to the governor to endorse the policy or not.
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