Relates to conferring a state seal of biliteracy for students who achieve certain criteria in the language arts.
Law Section: Education Law / Law: Add S815, Ed L
Law Section: Education Law / Law: Add S815, Ed L
- Jun 21, 2012: SUBSTITUTED BY A10292A
- Jun 21, 2012: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1533
- Jun 21, 2012: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
- Jun 11, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 7522A
- Jun 11, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
- May 31, 2012: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
S7522A-2011 MeetingsRules: Jun 21, 2012
S7522A-2011 CalendarsFloor Calendar: Jun 21, 2012
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 21, 2012
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.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N SENATE 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.