Requires the administration and the instruction in preparation of the GED examination in the Chinese and Korean languages for pupils who are proficient in these languages and of limited English proficiency.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the administration of the GED examination in the Chinese and Korean languages for pupils who are proficient in such languages and of limited English proficiency
PURPOSE: To allow students who are proficient in the Chinese or Korean language and of limited English proficiency the option to receive instruction in preparation for the GED examination and the administration of such examination in the Chinese or Korean language.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The Commissioner of Education shall require each board of education, including the board of each community school district of the city of New York, to make available to all pupils proficient in the Chinese or Korean language, and of limited proficiency in English, the official GED examination written in such native language, and make available any instructional courses or programs for the preparation of such examination.
JUSTIFICATION: While learning to read, write and speak English is a common and worthy goal of any student in the United States, test-taking may be unnecessarily challenging for those who are still growing in their use of the English language. This legislation provides the opportunity for students to show their proficiency in subjects like math, science, history and music while not being handicapped by their still developing grasp of the English language. Currently the GED and study materials for the GED are available in Spanish and French, and as the Asian-American population is growing by leaps and bounds, it would make sense to also make them available in Chinese and Korean.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2008: A.10763 (Young) - Education 2010: S.4107/A.475 (Kavanagh) - Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
LOCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 91 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- 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 requiring the adminis- tration of the GED examination in the Chinese and Korean languages for pupils who are proficient in such languages and of limited English proficiency THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3204-a to read as follows: S 3204-A. ADMINISTRATION OF THE GED EXAMINATION IN THE CHINESE AND KOREAN LANGUAGES. 1. STUDENTS WHO ARE PROFICIENT IN THE CHINESE OR KORE- AN LANGUAGE AND OF LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE INSTRUCTION IN PREPARATION FOR THE GED EXAMINATION AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF SUCH EXAMINATION IN THE CHINESE OR KOREAN LANGUAGE. 2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL REQUIRE EACH BOARD OF EDUCATION, INCLUDING THE BOARD OF EACH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, MAKE AVAILABLE TO ALL PUPILS PROFICIENT IN THE CHINESE OR KOREAN LANGUAGE, AND OF LIMITED PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH, THE OFFICIAL GED EXAM- INATION WRITTEN IN SUCH NATIVE LANGUAGE, AND MAKE AVAILABLE ANY INSTRUC- TIONAL COURSES OR PROGRAMS FOR THE PREPARATION OF SUCH EXAMINATION, WHICH ARE OFFERED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, INCLUDING COURSE MATERIALS, IN SUCH NATIVE LANGUAGE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL FURTHER DIRECT THAT ANY NOTIFICATION OR CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE GED EXAMINATION SHALL BE WRITTEN IN THE CHINESE OR KOREAN LANGUAGE. 3. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN A RECORD OF PUPILS WHO HAVE THE GED EXAMINATION ADMINISTERED IN THE CHINESE OR KOREAN LANGUAGE AND SHALL REPORT SUCH INFORMATION TO THE DEPARTMENT ON AN ANNU- AL BASIS.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00701-01-1 S. 91 2
S 2. The commissioner of education is hereby authorized to promulgate any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act, including, but not limited to, rules or regulations directing the department to enter into a contract with the American Council on Educa- tion to develop and provide appropriate testing materials. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.