17:3911     Data collection system;  establishment


A. The department shall establish a standardized data collection and analysis system which shall be used to collect the data provided in Subsection B of this Section and shall be the basis for the creation of the progress profiles provided for in this Subpart.


B. (1) The data collection system shall provide for but shall not be limited to the regular collection of the following information on a per school basis:


(a) The results of all tests required by law or board regulation, including results from any state required criterion-referenced test, norm-referenced test, and graduation exit exam.


(b) College readiness test information, including American College Test scores.


(c) School performance scores pursuant to R.S. 17:10.1.


(d) Dropout rates, as defined by board rule.


(e) Student attendance rates.


(f) High school completion rates.


(g) Faculty information.


(h) Financial information.


(i) Student discipline information, including suspensions and expulsions.


(j) Class size information.


(k) Such other data as the board may approve.


(2) The data collection system may also provide for but shall not be limited to the regular collection of the following information:


(a) Faculty attendance rates.


(b) Number of students in advanced placement classes.


(c) Number of National Merit Scholarship finalists and semi-finalists.


(d) Socio-demographic student information.


(e) Such other data as the board may approve.


(3) Each city and parish school board shall ensure that all schools under its jurisdiction accurately report student discipline information, including referrals by teachers for serious disciplinary offenses, using the uniform reporting form developed by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 17:416(A)(4)(a)(iii).  Each board shall have school-level summaries of the reported student discipline information prepared for its use and shall formally review and analyze the summary information on a regular basis. Upon request by the state Department of Education, the student discipline information required by this Paragraph also shall be collected as part of the data collection system provided for by this Section.


C. The department shall:


(1) Develop all procedures and formats for the defining and reporting of all data and statistical components and annually review them.


(2) Assist each local board in compiling the information by identifying and providing any required and discretionary information currently collected at the state level.


(3) Perform the statistical analysis necessary to aggregate the reported data.


(4) Coordinate all existing and new data collection efforts so as to minimize paperwork at the school and school system level.


(5) Repealed by Acts 1999, No. 1373, § 2, eff. July 12, 1999.


D. The board shall review and approve, modify, or reject the data collection system created by the department pursuant to this Section.


Added by Acts 1988, No. 659, § 1, eff. July 15, 1988.  Amended by Acts 1992, No. 325, § 1, eff. June 17, 1992;  Acts 1996, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 40, § 1;  Acts 1999, No. 1373, § 1, eff. July 12, 1999.