STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMISSION
|TOPS BULLETIN NUMBER:||T2001- 02|
|DATE ISSUED:||January 11, 2001|
|EFFECTIVE DATE:||As Indicated|
|DISTRIBUTION:||Louisiana High School Principals and Counselors, City and Parish School Board Presidents, School Board Superintendents, College and University, Technical College and LAICU Chancellors, Financial Aid Offices, Business Offices, Registrars and Auditors, System Governance, Board of Regents, Department of Education, Louisiana Officials, Louisiana Legislators, and Commission Members|
|TOPIC:||TOPS Core Equivalents|
To assure that your Scholarship and Grant Policy and Procedure Manual remains current, please record this document on your TOPS Bulletin index and retain it with your manual.
The Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission has revised TOPS rules (Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 28, Part IV) to provide that the course "Integrated Science" may be used as an equivalent course for "Physical Science" as a core course required for qualification for the program.
The full compilation of TOPS rules with all changes incorporated to date may be viewed on our website at http://www.osfa.state.la.us. The revisions follow*:
Chapter 7. Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) Opportunity; Performance and Honors Awards
§703. Establishing Eligibility
A. - A.4.g.(2) ...
5. a. graduate from a BESE-approved, provisionally-approved, or probationally-approved public or nonpublic Louisiana high school or eligible non-Louisiana high school as defined in §1703.A.3; and
i. at the time of high school graduation, an applicant must have successfully completed 16.5 units of high school course work constituting a core curriculum as follows:
Units Course 1 English I 1 English II 1 English III 1 English IV 1 Algebra I (one unit) or Applied Algebra 1A and 1B (two units) 1 Algebra II 1 Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus or comparable Advanced Mathematics 1 Biology 1 Chemistry 1 Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physics, Physics II, or Physics for Technology 1 American History 1 World History, Western Civilization or World Geography 1 Civics and Free Enterprise (one unit combined) or Civics (one unit, nonpublic) 1 Fine Arts Survey; (or substitute two units performance courses in music, dance, or theater; or two units of studio art or visual art; or one elective from among the other subjects listed in this core curriculum) 2 In a single Foreign Language (one unit or credit for three or more hours of college foreign language for students graduating from high school during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 school years). 1/2
Computer Science, Computer Literacy or Business Computer Applications (or substitute at least one-half unit of an elective course related to computers that is approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE); or substitute at least one-half unit of an elective from among the other subjects listed in this core curriculum); BESE has approved the following courses as computer related for purposes of satisfying the ½ unit computer science requirement for all schools (courses approved by BESE for individual schools are not included):
Computer /Technology Applications (1 credit)
Computer Architecture (1 credit)
Computer/Technology Literacy (½ credit)
Computer Science I (1 credit)
Computer Science II (1 credit)
Computer Systems and Networking I (1 credit)
Computer Systems and Networking II (1 credit)
Desktop Publishing (½ credit)
Digital Graphics & Animation (½ credit)
Multimedia Productions (1 credit)
Web Mastering (½ credit)
Independent Study in Technology applications (1 credit)
ii. for purposes of satisfying the requirements of 703.A.5.a.i., above, or 803.A.6.a., the following courses shall be considered equivalent to the identified core courses and may be substituted to satisfy corresponding core courses:
Core Curriculum Course Equivalent (Substitute) Course Physical Science General Science, Integrated Science Algebra I Algebra I, Parts 1 and 2 Applied Algebra IA and IB Applied Mathematics I and II Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry Integrated Mathematics I, II and III Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, or Comparable Advanced Mathematics Pre-Calculus, Algebra III, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Applied Mathematics III* Chemistry Chemistry Com Fine Arts Survey Speech Debate (2 units) Western Civilization European History *Applied Mathematics III was formerly referred to as Applied Geometry
A.5.a.iii. - G.2. ...
*Words in struck through type are deletions from the existing rules; words underscored are additions.