State Rally Literary Event Eligibility
Download a PDF of the LHSRA 2015-16 Eligibility Rules for Literary Events.
Please note: All schools that follow a block schedule should see “LHSRA 2015-16 Eligibility Rules for Block Schedule Schools” regarding specific requirements for students who attend these schools.
Eligibility for all 44 State Rally Literary Events is limited to students enrolled in a Louisiana High School Rally Association (LHSRA) active member school and certified by a District Rally Director as a Bona Fide Qualifier.
Any student not certified as a qualifier by a District Rally Director will not be allowed to compete in State Rally.
Any student found competing in State Rally who was not certified by a District Rally Director will be disqualified from State Rally competition and the appropriate sanctions may be made against his/her school by the Executive Director.
- Each student may test in no more than one State Rally Literary Event.
- Students must be currently enrolled – or have been enrolled – in a course during the current school year to be eligible to participate in District and State Rally competition. (Policy statement adopted by the 1997 General Assembly of Principals)
- Exception: Schools offering courses on alternating yearly or semester basis may enter students who have completed Carnegie credits in those courses.
- Students repeating a course for a higher grade may not participate. However, students repeating a course due to failure are eligible to participate.
- Students must be taking a Carnegie unit in the school in which they are enrolled. Thus, if a seventh or eighth grade student is taking a course which will earn a Carnegie Unit that will appear on the student’s high school transcript, then the student is eligible to participate in the literary event for this course.
- Students must meet the requirements for the Carnegie unit in the setting of the LHSRA active member school (students enrolled in a correspondence and/or dual enrollment course may participate).
- Students may not be native or primary speakers of a foreign language if they wish to compete in a foreign language event. Students whose main language at home is other than English are considered to be native speakers of that particular language, and schools must certify that students are non-native speakers of the target language.
- Students must not represent their school more than once in the same event.
- Students should not seek to gain an unfair advantage by competing in events for which advanced credit has been earned or having been earned for courses in advanced standing (e.g. competing in Physical Science after completing a course in Chemistry).
- When the calendar sets District Rally prior to March 1, students at schools that follow block scheduling will be allowed to participate in a literary event for their school if they completed the course during the preceding fall semester or are enrolled in the course during the current spring semester. Even if the student is currently enrolled in the next level course, the student will be able to participate in a literary event for a course that was completed in the prior semester, provided that the course is a pre-requisite for the course in which the student is currently enrolled. Example: A student who attends a school that follows block scheduling completed English I during the fall semester. He is enrolled in English II for the spring semester. He is eligible to participate at District Rally in either English I or English II.
State Rally Open & Performance Event Eligibility
Download a PDF of the LHSRA 2015-16 Eligibility Rules for Open and Performance Events.
Students must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to enter State Rally Performance Events:
- Certified by District Rally Directors as Bona Fide Qualifiers, or,
- Verified by Official Results of the LHSRA sanctioned District Drama Rallies as “Superior” rated performers, or,
- Verified by Official Results of the LMEA District Music Festival as “Superior” rated performers, or,
- Verified by Official Results of the LHSRA sanctioned District Speech Rallies as “Superior” rated performers.
- Verified by Official Results of the Vonnie Borden Speech Festival as “Superior” rated performers.
Entry forms for all State Rally Open and Performance Events can be found on the LHSRA website at: www.lsu.edu/rally. All entry forms must be certified by the school’s rally coordinator or principal and submitted to the State Rally Office by March 18, 2016, the deadline in order to complete registration.
Schools entering a play in Drama competition must earn a “Superior” rating from their qualifying District Rally. Entry forms for State Rally Drama events must be completed online by March 18, 2016, the deadline in order to complete registration.
Special foreign language open events do not require qualification at a District Rally. Students do not need to be currently enrolled in a course to participate in any of the open literary (German I, II, or III or Latin I or II) or open performance events at State Rally. No school may enter more than one student in each event. Students may not participate in the same event more than once.
A student who is a native speaker of a foreign language is ineligible to participate in that foreign language event. Thus, a student whose main or primary language at home is other than English is considered to be a native speaker of that particular language. Schools must certify that students are non-native speakers of the target language.
Entry forms for State Rally Foreign Language events must be completed online by March 18, 2016, the deadline in order to complete registration.
Please note: French and Spanish literary events require a District Rally qualification.
Students who have earned a “Superior” rating at a District Rally or Louisiana Music Educators Association contest qualify for State Rally Music events. Entry forms for State Rally Music events must be completed online by April 2, 2015, the deadline in order to complete registration. All LMEA contests must occur prior to March 18, 2016 in order for superior-rated students from these festivals to be eligible to participate in State Rally music events.
Students who have earned a “Superior” rating at a District Rally Speech competition or who have qualified to compete in the Louisiana High School Speech League Tournament of Champions qualify for State Rally Speech events. Entry forms for State Rally Speech events must be completed online by March 18, 2016, the deadline in order to complete registration.
LHSRA Calculator Usage Policy
Download a PDF of the LHSRA 2015-16 Calculator Usage Policy.
Can I use a calculator?
You may use a calculator on the following LHSRA literary events, but not on any of the other tests offered by the LHSRA. You are not required to use a calculator. All problems on the tests can be solved without a calculator.
Advanced Math – Pre Calculus
Advanced Math – Functions & Statistics
Please note: You are responsible for knowing if your calculator is permitted. If you use a prohibited calculator, or you use a calculator on any test other than the Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics tests, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored. If it is determined later that you used a prohibited calculator or that you used a calculator on a test other than the Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics Tests, your scores will be cancelled. The TI-89 is the most common calculator taken from students at rally events.
If you wish to use a calculator, you are responsible for bringing it to the test center and for making sure it works properly. The test center will not provide backup calculators or batteries. You may not share a calculator with anyone else. You may bring a backup calculator, but you may not have more than one on your desk or in operation at a time.
You may use your calculator only while you are working on the Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics tests. At all other times, it must be turned off and put away. If you finish the Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics tests before time is called, you must turn your calculator off and wait quietly. Calculators with games or other functions may not be used—you may use only the mathematics functions of your calculator.
- Any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list below.
- TI–Nspire (non-CAS) and Sharp EL 9600
- Calculators with letter keys not in QWERTY format
- For models on the Calculators Permitted with Modification list, you will be required to modify some of the calculator’s features.
- Texas Instruments: all model numbers beginning with TI-89 and TI-92, and the TI–Nspire CAS
- Hewlett-Packard: HP Prime, HP 48GII and all model numbers beginning with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G
- Casio: fx-CP400 (ClassPad 400), Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300, ClassPad 330, and all model numbers beginning with CFX-9970G
- Calculators with built-in computer algebra systems
- Pocket Organizers
- Handheld, Tablet, or Laptop Computers, including PDAs
- Electronic Writing Pads or Pen-Input devices
- Calculators built into cell phones or other electronic communication devices
- Calculators with a typewriter keypad (keys in QWERTY format)
Calculators Permitted with Modification
- Calculators with paper tape – Remove the tape.
- Calculators that can hold programs or documents – Remove all documents and remove all programs that have computer algebra system functionality.
- Calculators that make noise – Turn off the sound.
- Calculators that can communicate wirelessly with other calculators – Completely cover the infrared data port with heavy opaque material, such as duct tape or electrician’s tape (includes Hewlett-Packard HP 38G series, HP 39G series, and HP 48G).
- Calculators that have power cords – Remove all power/electrical cords.
NB: LHSRA Calculator Usage Policy is adapted from Preparing for the ACT, 2015-2016.