State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Louisiana

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 7 La. Stat. Ann. § 17:221
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 by September 30 La. Stat. Ann. § 17:151.3;
La. Stat. Ann. § 17:222
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 5, per state gifted evaluation regulations.
Opt-out: A child may skip kindergarten if she/he demonstrates grade 1 readiness per local screenings. Any student from out of state who doesn't meet the kindergarten requirement must pass a readiness screening. If a student enrolls in school before the age of 7, she/he is subject to the compulsory attendance law.
La. Stat. Ann. § 17:151.3; La. Stat. Ann. § 17:221
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Yes - or otherwise satisfactorily pass an academic readiness screening upon enrollment in grade 1. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:151.3;
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXV, 1107
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Full-Day La. Stat. Ann. § 17:151.3
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 6 hours per day for grades 1-12. (1062 hours/year) La. Stat. Ann. § 17:154.1;
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXV, 333
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? 1:20 in grades K-3. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:174
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: A portion of teacher preparation coursework must be dedicated to the teaching of reading and literacy. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt XLV, 743;

28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXLVII, 313
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt XLV, 709;
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXLVII, 313
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Certification for education programs for grades PK-3. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt XLV, 709
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Every student entering kindergarten must be administered a valid and reliable readiness assessment. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:391.11
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Results are used to measure student readiness and to plan instruction. Each public school governing authority must report assessment results to the state department of education. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:391.11
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? School readiness means that "children are intellectually prepared for school, but also that they are socially and emotionally prepared for success in the classroom." 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CLIX, 701
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Literacy screenings are required for every child enrolled in K-3. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXV, 2307
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Results of the K-3 literacy screenings are used to plan instruction and provide appropriate and timely intervention. Results are also used to inform the annual student reading skills report requirements of La. Stat. Ann. § 17:182. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXV, 2307
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Social and emotional competencies are expected of children that are ready to enter kindergarten. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CLIX, 701 et. seq.

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