senate Bill S419

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to administration of language assessment instruments to students receiving a program of bilingual education or English as a second language

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S419 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8686
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3204, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6381, A9181
2013-2014: A3662

S419 - Bill Texts

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Relates to administration of language assessment instruments to students receiving a program of bilingual education or English as a second language.

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BILL NUMBER:S419

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to administration of language
assessment instruments to students receiving a program of bilingual
education or English as a second language

PURPOSE:
To lengthen the amount of time that students will have to learn
English as a second language from 1 year to 3 years.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
To amend paragraph 3 of subdivision 2-a of section 3204 of the
education law.

EXISTING LAW:
A student's English language proficiency is measured on an annual
basis, with no regard for how long they have had to learn English
when it is not their first language.

JUSTIFICATION:
Studies have indicated that children are able to learn a new language
within 2-3 years of instruction. Currently, new pupils of foreign
birth are administered the English Language Arts Exam and are held to
the same standards as English-speaking students after only one year
of bilingual education. This bill will allow students who speak
little to no English an opportunity to learn the English language for
a period of three school years before their proficiency is assessed.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: S.6381/A.9181

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                   419

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DILAN  -- 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  administration  of
  language  assessment  instruments  to  students receiving a program of
  bilingual education or English as a second language

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

  Section  1.  Paragraph  3  of  subdivision  2-a of section 3204 of the
education law, as added by chapter 827 of the laws of 1982,  is  amended
to read as follows:
  3.  Eligibility  for  such  programs  shall  be based on the following
criteria. A pupil who by reason of foreign birth or  ancestry  speaks  a
language other than English, and either understands and speaks little or
no  English,  or who has been identified by any English language assess-
ment instrument approved by the  commissioner  as  a  pupil  of  limited
English  proficiency,  shall receive a program of bilingual education or
English as a second language in accordance with standards established by
the commissioner. [A] SUCH pupil's proficiency in the  English  language
shall  be measured [annually] by [such] A language assessment instrument
AFTER THE PUPIL HAS BEEN ENROLLED IN A PROGRAM OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION OR
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE FOR A PERIOD OF  THREE  CONSECUTIVE  SCHOOL
YEARS  AND  ANNUALLY  THEREAFTER  in  order to determine further partic-
ipation in bilingual education or English as a second  language  program
in accordance with standards established by the commissioner, subject to
the provisions of subdivision two of this section. The parent or guardi-
an of a pupil designated as limited English proficient shall be informed
by  the local school authorities of the pupil's placement in an instruc-
tional program.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00690-01-3

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