senate Bill S7522A

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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Jul 31, 2012 signed chap.271
Jul 20, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 21, 2012 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1533
substituted for s7522a
Jun 21, 2012 substituted by a10292a
ordered to third reading cal.1533
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 11, 2012 print number 7522a
amend and recommit to education
May 31, 2012 referred to education

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S7522 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10292A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §815, Ed L

S7522 - Bill Texts

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

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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.

S7522A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10292A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §815, Ed L

S7522A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

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

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S7522A

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--A

                            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  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

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:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15486-07-2

S. 7522--A                          2

  S  815.  STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY. 1. (A) THE STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY
IS ESTABLISHED TO RECOGNIZE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WHO  HAVE  ATTAINED  A
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.
  (B) THE BOARD OF REGENTS SHALL  PROMULGATE  SUCH  REGULATIONS  OF  THE
COMMISSIONER AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH THE CRITERIA THAT STUDENTS
MUST  ACHIEVE TO EARN A STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY, WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT
IS NOT LIMITED TO ATTAINMENT OF UNITS OF CREDIT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
AND LANGUAGES OTHER  THAN  ENGLISH,  PASSAGE  OF  STATE  ASSESSMENTS  IN
ENGLISH  LANGUAGE  ARTS  AND LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH, AND PASSAGE OF
SUCH ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENTS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY  AS  MAY  BE
APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR THIS PURPOSE.
  (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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