N.Y. Education Law Section 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 biliteracy shall be awarded by the commissioner. School district participation 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 diversity, 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, American 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 appropriate 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.

Source: Section 815 — State seal of biliteracy, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EDN/815 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

801
Courses of instruction in patriotism and citizenship and in certain historic documents
801‑A
Instruction in civility, citizenship and character education
802
Instruction relating to the flag
802‑A
Instruction relating to general elections
803
Instruction in physical education and kindred subjects
803‑A
Courses of study in prevention of child abduction
803‑B
Courses of study in prevention of child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse
804
Health education regarding mental health, alcohol, drugs, tobacco abuse and the prevention and detection of certain cancers
804‑A
Comprehensive school health education demonstration program
804‑B
Education regarding child development
804‑C
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction
804‑D
Automated external defibrillator instruction
806
Courses of instruction in highway safety and traffic regulation
806‑A
Driver education
807
Fire and emergency drills
807‑A
Fire inspections
807‑B
College fire inspections
807‑C
Transmission of fire alarm to fire department
807‑D
Locating source of fires in schools
808
Instruction in fire and arson prevention
809
Instruction in the humane treatment of animals
809‑A
Instruction in the safe use of firearms and in the game laws
810
Conservation day
811
Procurement, use and possession of hypodermic syringes and needles by school personnel for educational purposes
812
Health training program for secondary school students
813
School lunch period
814
Courses of study in internet safety
815
State seal of biliteracy
816
Local library and school partnerships
817
Expanding access to advanced courses to improve educational equity
817*2
Student government
818
Evidence-based and scientifically based reading instruction

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 815’s source at nysenate​.gov

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