17:3912      Progress profiles; preparation; distribution

 A. Using, at a minimum, the data required to be collected pursuant to R.S. 17:3911(B), the department shall annually prepare and produce a state-level progress profile, a district-level progress profile for each public school system, and a school-level progress profile for each public school. Each profile shall be produced in a format common to all of them which shall be designed by the department so as to provide to school-based users all pertinent information in a readily usable form and to provide to the public all pertinent information in a clear and understandable form. The state-level and each district-level profile shall contain the last three years of trend information as required by R.S. 17:10.2(C). Each school profile shall contain all of the information relevant to the school as required to be collected pursuant to R.S. 17:3911(B) as well as the same information for the school system as a whole and the state. In addition, a parent-level progress profile shall be prepared containing, at a minimum, results from required state tests and other relevant information used to compute a school's performance score as part of the district and school accountability program.

 B. All such profiles shall be public record and each school and school system shall be provided a copy of its profile by the department without cost. Each district shall provide to parents a free copy of the parent-level profile of the school which the parent's child or children attend. Additionally, the department shall provide a summary report on the content of the profiles to the board, the governor, and the members of the legislature. The parent-level profile shall be in a format and of a nature that is easy to read, clear, and understandable.

 C. The purpose of the profiles provided for in this Section shall be to establish a data base for educational planning, increase accountability at all levels, provide information to parents of school children and the public about the status of education, to provide achievement and performance information to schools and colleges, and to foster a permanent and productive link between the elementary and secondary schools and the colleges and universities.

 D. (1) Annually, each state college and university shall report to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education information pertaining to the performance of its students who are enrolled as first-time freshmen at that college or university, including remediation rates. Such performance information shall be categorized by high school in a format approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additionally, the board annually shall request comparable information from each independent college or university in the state that is a member of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

 (2) The state Department of Education shall make the information as provided in this Subsection available to legislators, all city and parish school systems, and the public.

 (3) By January 1, 2000, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, in conjunction with the Board of Regents and the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, shall submit a report to the legislature which specifies the types of first-time freshman performance data to be annually collected and reported pursuant to this Section, and the responsibilities to be undertaken by each relevant entity to ensure the accuracy of the reported information.

Added by Acts 1988, No. 659, § 1, eff. July 15, 1988. Amended by Acts 1993, No. 377, § 1, eff. June 7, 1993; Acts 1993, No. 903, § 1, eff. June 23, 1993; Acts 1999, No. 1373, § 1, eff. July 12, 1999.