Relates to establishing fair, equitable and appropriate English language testing requirements for certain students with limited English proficiency; provides that students who enter New York schools after the eighth grade are provided an alternative to the English regents exam in order to be awarded a high school diploma.
- Jan 4, 2012: referred to education
- May 10, 2011: referred to education
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7562 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N ASSEMBLY May 10, 2011 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. ARROYO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing fair, equitable and appropriate English language testing requirements for certain students THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 42 to read as follows:
42. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE BOARD OF REGENTS, SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WHICH WILL PERMIT PUPILS OF LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY WHO FIRST ENROLL IN A NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL AFTER GRADE EIGHT, AND WHO MEET ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION, TO BE ALLOWED TO MEET THE ENGLISH REGENTS EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT BY:
(A) PASSING A NATIVE LANGUAGE ARTS TEST; AND (B) DEMONSTRATING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AT A LEVEL COMMENSURATE WITH THE NUMBER OF YEARS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION AS MEASURED BY AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENT APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04595-02-1