senate Bill S7522

Amended

Relates to conferring a state seal of biliteracy for students who achieve certain criteria in the language arts

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 31 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 7522A
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1533
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A10292A

Summary

Relates to conferring a state seal of biliteracy for students who achieve certain criteria in the language arts.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7522
S7522A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง815, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S7522

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to a state seal of
biliteracy

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Establishes the criteria for the awarding of the State Seal of
Biliteracy.

JUSTIFICATION:
One of the fundamental purposes of education is to encourage students
to reach their full potential. The goal of achieving the criteria for
a State Seal of Biliteracy focuses on the acquisition of a language,
or languages, other than English. This will increase a student's
opportunities for further education and future employment

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is new legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7522

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 31, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to a state seal of  bili-
  teracy

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative intent. (a) It is the intent of the legislature
to encourage excellence for all pupils, and the  legislature  wishes  to
publicly   recognize  pupils  for  exemplary  achievements  in  academic
studies.
  (b) The study of  languages  other  then  English  in  elementary  and
secondary  schools  should  be  encouraged  because  it contributes to a
pupil's cognitive development and to our national economy and security.
  (c) Proficiency in multiple languages is critical in enabling New York
to participate effectively in a global political, social,  and  economic
context, and in expanding trade with other countries.
  (d) The demand for employees to be fluent in more than one language is
increasing both in New York and throughout the world.
  (e)  The benefits to employers in having staff fluent in more than one
language are clear: access to  an  expanded  market,  allowing  business
owners  to  better serve their customers' needs, and the sparking of new
marketing ideas that better target a  particular  audience  and  open  a
channel of communication with customers.
  (f)  It  is the intent of the legislature to promote linguistic profi-
ciency and cultural literacy in one or more  languages  in  addition  to
English and to provide recognition of the attainment of those needed and
important skills through the establishment of the state seal of biliter-
acy.  A  state  seal  of  biliteracy would be affixed on the high school
diplomas and transcripts of graduating pupils attaining  proficiency  in
one or more languages in addition to English.
  S  2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 815 to read
as follows:
  S 815. STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY. 1. (A) THE STATE SEAL  OF  BILITERACY
IS  ESTABLISHED  TO  RECOGNIZE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WHO HAVE ATTAINED A

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15486-05-2

S. 7522                             2

HIGH LEVEL OF PROFICIENCY IN LISTENING, SPEAKING, READING,  AND  WRITING
IN ONE OR MORE LANGUAGES IN ADDITION TO ENGLISH. THE STATE SEAL OF BILI-
TERACY  SHALL  BE  AWARDED  BY THE COMMISSIONER. SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTIC-
IPATION IN THIS PROGRAM IS VOLUNTARY.
  (B) THE PURPOSES OF THE STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY ARE AS FOLLOWS:
  (1) TO ENCOURAGE PUPILS TO STUDY LANGUAGES.
  (2) TO CERTIFY ATTAINMENT OF BILITERACY.
  (3)  TO  PROVIDE  EMPLOYERS  WITH  A METHOD OF IDENTIFYING PEOPLE WITH
LANGUAGE AND BILITERACY SKILLS.
  (4) TO PROVIDE UNIVERSITIES WITH AN  ADDITIONAL  METHOD  TO  RECOGNIZE
APPLICANTS SEEKING ADMISSION.
  (5) TO PREPARE PUPILS WITH TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SKILLS.
  (6)  TO  RECOGNIZE  THE  VALUE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND NATIVE LANGUAGE
INSTRUCTION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION  FOREIGN
LANGUAGE  MEANS  ANY  LANGUAGE  OTHER  THAN ENGLISH (LOTE) INCLUDING ALL
MODERN  LANGUAGES,  LATIN,  AMERICAN  SIGN  LANGUAGE,  NATIVE   AMERICAN
LANGUAGES AND NATIVE LANGUAGES.
  (7) TO STRENGTHEN INTERGROUP RELATIONSHIPS, AFFIRM THE VALUE OF DIVER-
SITY, AND HONOR THE MULTIPLE CULTURES AND LANGUAGES OF A COMMUNITY.
  2.  (A)  THE  STATE  SEAL OF BILITERACY CERTIFIES ATTAINMENT OF A HIGH
LEVEL OF PROFICIENCY BY A GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL PUPIL IN  ONE  OR  MORE
LANGUAGES, IN ADDITION TO ENGLISH, AND CERTIFIES THAT THE GRADUATE MEETS
ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
  (1)  PASSING  THE NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMINATION OR ITS EQUIVALENT
IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS ADMINISTERED IN GRADE ELEVEN OR ABOVE.
  (2) COMPLETION OF ALL ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS REQUIREMENTS OR ITS EQUIV-
ALENT FOR GRADUATION.
  (3) PROFICIENCY IN ONE OR MORE LANGUAGES OTHER  THAN  ENGLISH,  DEMON-
STRATED THROUGH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS:
  (A)  PASSING  A  FOREIGN  LANGUAGE ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATION IN A
LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE)  OR  AN  INTERNATIONAL  BACCALAUREATE
EXAMINATION.
  (B)  SUCCESSFUL  COMPLETION  OF  AT  LEAST  FOUR  UNITS  OF STUDY IN A
LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE).
  (C) PASSING A THIRD PARTY AND DISTRICT, REGIONAL  OR  BOCES  DEVELOPED
ASSESSMENT  FOR  GROWTH  AND LOCALLY SELECTED ASSESSMENT, IF NO ADVANCED
PLACEMENT OR OTHER SUCH COMPARABLE TEST EXISTS. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MUST
CERTIFY TO THE COMMISSIONER THAT SUCH AN ASSESSMENT, AT A MINIMUM, MEETS
THE RIGOR OF A THREE YEAR SEQUENCE OF HIGH SCHOOL  COURSE  OF  STUDY  IN
THAT  LANGUAGE  OTHER  THAN  ENGLISH  AND  THAT  PASSING,  AT A MINIMUM,
ASSESSES LISTENING, SPEAKING, READING AND WRITING IN  A  LANGUAGE  OTHER
THAN ENGLISH. SAID TEST SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  (D) PASSING THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATION IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN
ENGLISH  WITH  A  SCORE OF FOUR OR HIGHER OR PASSING THE SAT II: SUBJECT
TESTS IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH WITH A SCORE  OF  SIX  HUNDRED  OR
HIGHER.
  (B)  FOR  LANGUAGES  IN WHICH AN ADVANCED PLACEMENT TEST IS NOT AVAIL-
ABLE, THE COMMISSIONER MAY PROVIDE A  LISTING  OF  EQUIVALENT  SUMMATIVE
ASSESSMENTS THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAY USE IN PLACE OF AN ADVANCED PLACE-
MENT  ASSESSMENT  FOR  PURPOSES  OF  CLAUSE (A) OF SUBPARAGRAPH THREE OF
PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION. A SCHOOL  DISTRICT  MAY  PROVIDE  THE
COMMISSIONER  WITH  A  LIST OF EQUIVALENT SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS THAT THE
DISTRICT USES IN PLACE OF AN ADVANCED PLACEMENT  TEST  FOR  PURPOSES  OF
CLAUSE  (A)  OF SUBPARAGRAPH THREE OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION.
THE COMMISSIONER MAY USE LISTS RECEIVED FROM SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN  DEVEL-
OPING HIS OR HER LIST OF EQUIVALENT SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS.

S. 7522                             3

  (C)  FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, FOREIGN LANGUAGE MEANS ANY LANGUAGE
OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE) INCLUDING ALL MODERN LANGUAGES, LATIN,  AMERI-
CAN SIGN LANGUAGE, NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND NATIVE LANGUAGES.
  3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DO BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) PREPARE AND DELIVER TO PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS AN APPROPRI-
ATE  INSIGNIA  TO  BE AFFIXED TO THE DIPLOMA AND TRANSCRIPT OF THE PUPIL
INDICATING THAT THE PUPIL HAS BEEN AWARDED A STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY BY
THE COMMISSIONER.
  (B) PROVIDE OTHER INFORMATION HE OR SHE  DEEMS  NECESSARY  FOR  SCHOOL
DISTRICTS TO SUCCESSFULLY PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM.
  4.  A  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  THAT  PARTICIPATES  IN THE PROGRAM UNDER THIS
SECTION SHALL DO BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) MAINTAIN APPROPRIATE RECORDS IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY PUPILS WHO  HAVE
EARNED A STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY.
  (B)  AFFIX  THE  APPROPRIATE INSIGNIA TO THE DIPLOMA AND TRANSCRIPT OF
EACH PUPIL WHO EARNS A STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY.
  5. NO FEE SHALL BE CHARGED TO A PUPIL PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
  S 3. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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