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From the ECS State Policy Database
Curriculum--Foreign Language/Sign Language


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State Status/Date Level Summary
OKSigned into law 04/2014P-12Native American Language as a Core Course
H.B. 2921
Recognizes Native American languages as a language art that may be taught in the public schools. Requires such courses to be granted the same credit as a world language. Sets teacher certification requirements for such courses.
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.u...

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WASigned into law 03/2014P-12State Seal of Biliteracy
S.B. 6424
Creates the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Requires the Office of the Superintendent...

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ILSigned into law 08/2013P-12State Seal of Biliteracy
S.B. 1221
Defines "foreign language" to include modern languages, Latin, American Sign Language, Native American languages. Establishes State Seal of Biliteracy program to recognize public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or mor...

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NCSigned into law 07/2013Postsec.UNC/Cherokee Language.
S.B. 444
Requires the University of North Carolina to recognize the Cherokee language as a language that meets the foreign language course requirement.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S444v3.pdf ...

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LASigned into law 06/2013P-12Foreign Language Immersion Programs
S.B. 205
Provides legislative findings on the benefits of foreign language instruction and foreign language immersion programs. Permits a local board to establish a foreign language immersion program open to any student residing in the district. Beginning with the 2014...

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HIPassed 04/2013P-12Mandarin Chinese Language Curriculum in High Schools
H.C.R. 92
Requests the department of education to expand the Mandarin Chinese language curriculum to public high schools statewide. Requests that the department of education work with state postsecondary institutions to expand Mandarin Chinese language offerings in publ...

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ARSigned into law 03/2013P-12American Sign Language
H.B. 1410
Provides public schools with the authority to offer American Sign Language as a credit-bearing modern or foreign language course.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2013/2013R/Bills/HB1410.pdf...

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LAAdopted 09/2012P-12American Sign Language in Foreign Languages Offered in High Schools
LAC 28:CXV.2345
Adds American Sign Language (ASL) III and IV to the list of foreign language courses that may be offered for graduation credit in public high schools (previously only ASL I and II were included in the foreign language course offerings). Clarifies documentation...

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CASigned into law 08/2012P-12Heritage Schools
S.B. 1137
From bill summary: Requires each heritage school's electronic registration form filed with the superintendent of public instruction to include the address, including city and street, of the location at which the heritage school delivers services to pupils. Req...

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NYSigned into law 07/2012P-12State Seal of Biliteracy
A.B. 10292
Establishes purposes of the state seal of biliteracy. Confers a state seal of biliteracy (district participation is voluntary) to high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more la...

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LASigned into law 06/2012P-12International Language Immersion School at ULL
S.B. 712
Creates an exploratory committee to develop a plan regarding the creation and establishment of an international language immersion school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Directs the committee to study specified issues regarding the opening of such...

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AKSigned into law 05/2012P-12Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council
S.B.130
Establishes the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council to advise both the governor and legislature on programs, policies, and projects to provide for the cost-effective preservation, restoration, and revitalization of Alaska Native languages ...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012Community College
Postsec.
Foreign Language in Associate Degree Programs
H.B. 7135 - Foreign Language in Associate Degree Programs
Requires students seeking an associate of arts degree to demonstrate competency in a foreign language.
Page 18 of 31: http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h7135er.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=7135&Session=2012...

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COSigned into law 04/2012P-12Indigenous Language Instruction
S.B. 57
Indicates the circumstances under which the education department may issue a Native American Language and Cultural instruction authorization to an individual. A district may adopt a policy to grant general education or world language credit for successful comp...

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CASigned into law 10/2011P-12State Seal of Biliteracy on High School Diplomas and Transcripts
A.B. 815
From bill summary: Establishes the State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Provides the State Seal of Biliteracy...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Genocide Education/Sign Language is Foreign Language
H.B. 6499 - Sec. 1 and 2
Includes genocide education in the materials provided by the Department of Education to school districts for student curriculum and educator in-service training. Classifies American sign language as a foreign language for purposes of the prescribed education c...

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LASigned into law 06/2011P-12Foreign Language Immersion Programs
S.B. 104
Requires the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop and implement a process to certify foreign language immersion education programs as a means to provide statewide standards for the programs and assist and support schools and districts i...

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VASigned into law 02/2011P-12American Sign Language
H.B. 1435
Provides that if a local school board offers an elective course in American Sign Language, it must grant academic credit for course completion on the same basis as the successful completion of a foreign language course and count course completion in American S...

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CASigned into law 09/2010P-12Heritage Schools
S.B. 1116
Applies specified background check procedures to heritage schools, which serve children between the ages of 5 and 18 who attend a public or private full-time school, and offer foreign language education or tutoring and cultural education relating to a foreign ...

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TNSigned into law 06/2010P-12Foreign Language Proficiency
H.B. 209
Before graduating from high school, students who have completed coursework in a foreign language are required to take a foreign language proficiency test. Requires the state board to establish a test for each foreign language that is taught in Tennessee public...

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TNSigned into law 05/2010P-12Foreign Language Instruction
S.B. 1075
Requires the state board of education to develop guidelines and criteria for the inclusion of foreign language instruction in grades kindergarten through six. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 1, Part 3 2009
http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/default.aspx?...

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ORSigned into law 03/2010P-12Chinese Language
H.B. 3628A
Authorizes Superintendent of Public Instruction to enter into contract for purpose of ensuring that Chinese language is available to public school students; declares emergency, effective on passage. Chapter 13
http://www.leg.state.or.us/10ss1/measpdf/hb3600.di...

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DESigned into law 02/2010P-12American Sign Language as World Language
H.B. 245
Recognizes American Sign Language as a World Language for purposes of school curriculum.
http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis145.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+244/$file/legis.html?open...

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ILSigned into law 12/2009P-12
Postsec.
American Sign Language Courses
H.B. 725
Encourages school boards to include American Sign Language courses in schools' foreign language curricula. Provides that the foreign language admission requirements for public universities may be fulfilled by completion of American Sign Language coursework. Al...

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CASigned into law 10/2009P-12American Indian Languages Teaching Credential
A.B. 544
Requires the Commission on Teacher Credentials to issue an American Indian Languages eminence credential to a candidate who has demonstrated fluency in that language. Authorizes the holder of an American Indian languages credential to teach the language in pub...

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WISigned into law 06/2009P-12Tribal Language Revitalization Grants
A.B. 75
Permits a school board or cooperative educational service agency, in conjunction with a tribal education authority, to apply to the state department of education for a grant to support innovative, effective instruction in one or more American Indian languages....

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LASigned into law 07/2008P-12Foreign Language Opportunities
S.B. 549
Requires, by a specified time, that all children attending public schools shall have the opportunity to study the critical languages in addition to the traditional languages currently offered. Not later than the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, every st...

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CTSigned into law 06/2008P-12High School Foreign Language Credit
H.B. 5820
Concerns high school credit for private world language courses; provides that students may earn up to two credits toward high school graduation for completion of a world language courses offered by a nonprofit provider and the student passes a test prescribed ...

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TNSigned into law 03/2008P-12Guidelines for Foreign Language Fluency
S.B. 2980
Directs the State Board of Education to develop guidelines for Develop guidelines for the use of LEAs to foster foreign language fluency as part of holistic education for all students in grades
kindergarten through twelve (K-12). Current law requires two years...

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CATo governor 09/2007P-12Foreign Language
A.B. 280
Establishes the State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have mastered languages in addition to English. Requires the seal be awarded by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Requires the State Department of Education to prepare and ...

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LAAdopted 08/2007P-12Duration of Foreign Language Specialist Certificate PK-8
LAC 28:CXXXI.311
Allows the Foreign Language Specialist Certificate PK-8 to be valid for six years due to changes in the visa requirements. Page 10 of 79: http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/reg/0708/0708RUL.pdf...

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NCSigned into law 06/2007P-12
Postsec.
Community College
American Sign Language
H.B. 915
Encourages the public schools, the community college system and the University of North Carolina to offer American Sign Language for credit as a modern foreign language.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2007/Bills/House/HTML/H915v0.html...

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WVAdopted 06/2007P-12Foreign Language Standards
Title 126, Series 44G
Amends rules regarding foreign language content standards and objectives for West Virginia schools. ...

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GASigned into law 05/2007P-12American Sign Language
S.B. 170
Provides that any student, not just a deaf student, may fulfill the foreign language requirements for a college preparatory curriculum seal of endorsement on a high school diploma by demonstrating proficiency in American Sign Language.
http://www.legis.state.g...

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12World Languages Pilot Program Grants
H.F. 2245 [World Languages]
Creates a pilot program to award five world languages grants to develop and implement sustainable, high-quality model world languages programs and to enhance existing world languages programs at various grade levels for students in kindergarten through grade 1...

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Bilingual/Multilingual Certificates
H.F. 2245 [Multilingual/Bilingual]
Directs the Department of Education to develop and recommend to the legislature by February 15, 2008, the standards and process for awarding bilingual and multilingual certificates to those kindergarten through grade students who demonstrate and maintain a req...

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IDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Official State Language
S.B. 1172
Amends existing law to declare English to be the official state language. Provides that English is the sole language of government, subject to exceptions. Provides that specified actions must be in English, subject to exceptions.

Requires all state funds appr...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Critical Languages Program
S.B. 80
Establishes the Critical Languages Program, which includes languages described in the federal National Security Language Initiative, including Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Farsi, Hindi, and Korean; requires the State Board of Education, in consultation with the U...

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WYSigned into law 02/2007Postsec.
Community College
Foreign Language Teacher Loan Repayment Program
H.B. 182
Amends the teacher shortage loan repayment program to include students pursuing degrees to become foreign language teachers; transfers administrative authority for the program from the Wyoming Higher Education Assistance Authority to the Wyoming Community Coll...

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MDAdopted 11/2006P-12American Sign Language as Foreign Language Credit
COMAR 13A.03.02.04
Amends rules to the Board of Education. Allows students to use American Sign Language as an alternative to foreign language in fulfilling graduation requirements. MARYLAND 10858
http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/13a/13a.03.02.04.htm...

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CAVetoed 09/2006P-12Graduates with Multiple Language Skills
A.B. 2445
Establishes the State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have mastered speaking, reading, and writing skills in one or more languages, in addition to English. Requires each participating school district to determine the requirements nece...

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TXAdopted 07/2006P-12Foreign Language Courses and Tech Prep Progam
19 TAC 2.74.D.74.43, .44
Allows for students who are at higher proficiency levels to meet the graduation requirements by taking higher level language courses. Clarifies that Tech prep is a program of study, not a course. TEXAS 99898...

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ILSigned into law 06/2006P-12Arts and Foreign Language Education Grant Program
S.B. 176
Creates an arts and foreign language education grant program to fund arts education and foreign language education programs in the public schools. Provides that emphasis of grant program must be on ensuring that art and foreign language courses are available a...

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OHSigned into law 06/2006P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Ohio Core Support
H.B. 115
Appropriates funds for support of the Ohio Core Program. Funds will be used to:
(1) Support the participation of teachers licensed in Ohio and mid-career professionals not currently employed by a school district or licensed to teach at the primary or secondary...

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SCSigned into law 06/2006P-12American Sign Language
S.B. 1107
Relates to high school courses in American sign language; provides that a school district may give credit as a foreign language to a pupil who satisfactorily completes a high school course in American sign language.
http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess116_2005-200...

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MNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Chinese Language Program
H.B. 4162
Authorizes the commissioner of education to contract with the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota or other Minnesota public entity to undertake the development of an articulated K-12 Chinese curriculum for Minnesota schools that involves: (1) creat...

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ALSigned into law 07/2005P-12American Sign Language
S.B. 94
Amends Section 16-6B-2 to specify that American Sign Language is a foreign language for purposes of satisfying certain curriculum requirements; and to apply such provision to hearing-impaired students for the 2005-2006 school year and to all students beginning...

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MODELIVERED TO GOVERNOR 05/2005P-12American Sign Language
H.B. 530
This bill treats American Sign Language (ASL) as a foreign language for the granting of academic credit at public schools and public higher education institutions. Students may receive academic credit for demonstrating proficiency or completing a course with a...

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MSSigned into law 03/2005P-12Italian language classes
H.B. 1163
Italian language classes; establish a pilot program to offer to students in grades K-12.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2005/html/HB/1100-1199/HB1163SG.htm...

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DERule Adoption 06/2004P-12Foreign Language and Bilingual Teacher Regulations
14 DAC 1528, 1529, 1533, 1537, and 1558
Amends regulations that apply to the requirements for Standard Certificates for Foreign Language and Bilingual Teachers. These amendments reflect the adoption of PRAXIS II qualifying scores for Delaware educators. Additionally, course requirements and requirem...

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COSigned into law 04/2004P-12
Postsec.
Community College
American Sign Language
H.B. 1037
Concerns the treatment of American Sign Language as a foreign language in education that counts toward graduation requirements. http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/sl2004a/sl_74.htm...

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WYSigned into law 03/2004P-12Public Schools Foreign Language Pilot Project
H.B. 170
Relates to public schools; establishes a pilot project for expansion of foreign language instruction through grade six; imposes requirements upon participant schools; establishes initial and on-going training and professional development for teachers and teach...

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CASigned into law 10/2003P-12
Postsec.
Curriculum: Foreign Languages
S.B. 5
Requires the department of education, by June 1, 2009, to adopt content standards for teaching foreign languages in grades K-12 pursuant to recommendations developed by the superintendent of public instruction. Provides these standards are intended to guide s...

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HISigned into law 07/2003P-12Education
S.B. 1326
Allows the Department of Education to adopt a program for grades 3- 12 which provides opportunities for competency in a second language. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/docs/getstatus.asp?qu=SB1326&showstatus=on&showtext=on&press1=docs...

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FLSigned into law 06/2003P-12
Postsec.
American Sign Language
S.B. 162
Requires school boards to advise students taking American Sign Language as a foreign language that post-secondary schools outside of Florida may not accept these courses as satisfying foreign language requirements. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/house/Session/inde...

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KYSigned into law 03/2003P-12Integration of Arts and Foreign Languages into Elementary School Curriculum
S.B. 154
Requires the department to create a program to promote the integration of the arts and foreign languages into the elementary school program. Schools are to submit applications, with the department granting funds to at least one school per region, giving prefer...

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MASigned into law 08/2002P-12Foreign Language Instruction to Be Required in Elementary Schools
H.B. 5010
"[W]ithin five years of the effective date of this act, any foreign language classes required by the department [...] or by a school district shall be required for students in elementary schools and optional for students in high schools." http://www.state.ma.u...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: District K-12 Foreign Language Curriculum Required
S.B. 20E
Requires every local board to create a plan for a K-12 foreign language curriculum, to be submitted to the commissioner by June 30, 2004. See bill section 1061, page 1785, line 20 ff: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/session/2002E/Senate/bills/billtext/pdf/s002...

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ORSigned into law 06/2001P-12Student Bill of Rights, Dual Enrollment
S.B. 65
Eliminates the 2-year second language requirement for students who have completed grade 12; requires all students who have met the requirements for Certificate of Initial Mastery to demonstrate proficiency in second language; requires school districts to make ...

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VTSigned into law 05/2001P-12American Sign Language
S.B. 25
Authorizes schools to offer American Sign Language (ASL) as a course of foreign language credit; directs the Board of Education to establish licensing credentials for ASL teachers; directs the Commissioner of Education to encourage postsecondary institutions t...

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UTSigned into law 03/2001P-12
Postsec.
Mandarin Chinese Course
S.B. 57
Modifies provisions related to the State System of Public Education by requiring the State Board of Education to develop and implement a concurrent enrollment course on Mandarin Chinese to be taught over EDNET, the state's two-way interactive system for video ...

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CASigned into law 07/2000P-12Language Education and Testing
S.B. 1667
Relates to existing law which requires a school district with pupils who are English learners to conduct annual assessments on the pupils English. Requires that the annual assessment be conducted upon initial enrollment during a period of time determined by th...

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