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Special Education in Natchitoches Parish

“The original purpose of education was to produce a thoughtful, creative, emotionally alive, unafraid man; a man willing to try to solve the problems he faces in his world. Although he may not solve all of them, he will solve some of them. Confident that he can build on his success, he may fail for a while, but he will know that some success is possible. When the time comes and success does not come easily, he will not give up.” – William Glassner

Departmental Staff

Toni Bennett / Ext. 1172
Title: Director of Special Education

Beverly Bayonne / Ext. 1182
Title: Special Education Secretary

Danna LaCaze / Ext. 1180
Title: Special Education Program Coordinator

Sarah McElwee / Ext. 1184
Title: Pupil Appraisal Team Coordinator

Shelia McDonald/ Ext. 1188
Title: Transition Coordinator

Miranda Nolley/ Ext. 1164
Title: IEP Facilitator



Extended School Year Services

Professional Development

Upcoming Events

Autism Training Modules
In collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Education, the LSUHSC Human Development Center is developing professional development electronic modules as part of the Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project. There are nine modules offered. All modules are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. You can access the modules (here).


Transition Resources
Transition IEP: Preparing for Young Adulthood


Louisiana State Personnel Development Grant
The Louisiana State Personnel Development Grant (LaSPDG) is a Louisiana Department of Education Grant (LDOE) funded by the Office of Special Education (OSEP). The LDOE was awarded the grant in 2011 for five years. The grant addresses four focus areas: inclusive practices, culturally responsive practices, family engagement, and data-based decision making.
We encourage everyone to check out the Webinars, Videos, and other Resources on LaSPDG’s website!


The Louisiana Department of Education has released many resources related to the spring 2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessment results. For families seeking more information, visit the Parents + Students page and Family Support Toolbox.

Grades 3rd – 8th Assessments
Students in grades 3 through 8 take assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. These assessments are alighted ot the Louisiana State Standards which were developed with significant input from Louisiana educators.

End of Course Tests (EOC)

High School students take End-of-Course tests in six subjects: Algebra I, Geometry, English II and III, Biology and U.S. History. Student scores are categorized into the following achievement levels on the EOC tests:


  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Needs Improvement


End-of Course tests comprise between 15% and 30% of the student’s final grade in the subject. School districts determine the percentage. To earn a standard high school diploma, students must earn a score of Fair or above on three EOC tests, including one in each category – Algebra I or Geometry, English II or English III, and Biology or U.S. History. Students
who earn a score of Needs Improvement must receive 30 hours of remediation in the course and are eligible to retake the test at the next administration.

Students with disabilities who have passed two EOC tests may be eligible for a waiver of the third exam required for graduation. Also, students entering a high school cohort prior to fall 2014 and eligible for LAA2 may choose to take the LAA2 tests to meet graduation requirements if they do not pass the EOC tests.

Students in grades 8 through 11 take a series of rigorous and nationally comparable assessments, including EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT, and WorkKeys to assist in academic planning and measure college and career readiness.

Alternate Assessments

Louisiana offers two alternate assessments for students who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs and meet specific criteria. These alternate assessments include the:


  • Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) Alternate Assessment, Level 1 (LAA1)
  • Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) Alternate Assessment, Level 2 (LAA2)




We are proud to announce that Natchitoches Parish has been accepted to participate in the Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities Project! The LASARD Project is a collaborative effort between LSUHSC Human Development Center and the Louisiana Department of Education. The goals of the project are:

  • to improve educational practices and outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related disabilities and
  • to develop statewide capacity to provide high quality educational programs for these students.

Each district/LEA contracts directly with HDC through the LASARD project for Training and Technical Assistance. LASARD facilitators provide regular technical support to each building level team to support their efforts to implement their action plans and become demonstration sites.

An abundance of resources, information, and training modules for both teachers and parents can be found here.

Webinars are offered live online via Adobe Connect. The one hour sessions are free and open to anyone interested, but registration is limited to 200 participants. CEUs are provided to those who are online for the entire hour and complete a short quiz. Please check the LASARD website for upcoming webinars!

Our Location

Natchitoches Parish School Board
310 Royal Street
P.O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71457
PHONE: 318-352-2358
FAX: 318-352-8138