Bill Text

Bill Information


PDF |Add To My Favorites | print page

AB-1016 Foreign language instruction: teaching credential: State Seal of Biliteracy.(2013-2014)

SHARE THIS:share this bill in Facebookshare this bill in Twitter
AB1016:v99#DOCUMENT


CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1016


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk-Silva

February 22, 2013


An act to amend Section 51461 of, and to add Section 44258.8 to, the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1016, as introduced, Quirk-Silva. Foreign language instruction: teaching credential: State Seal of Biliteracy.
Existing law authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue various types of teaching and services credentials, including the issuance of a multiple or single subject teaching credential. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to award the State Seal of Biliteracy to high school graduates who meet specified requirements, including, but not limited to, proficiency in one or more languages other than English.
This bill would require the commission to issue a foreign language teaching credential for the sole purpose of providing foreign language instruction as part of an after school program voluntarily maintained by a school district to a person who has a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of postsecondary education and passes the single subject California Subject Examinations for Teachers in the foreign language in which he or she will be providing instruction.
The bill would allow a high school pupil to demonstrate that he or she has proficiency in one or more languages other than English, for the purpose of being awarded the State Seal of Biliteracy, by successfully completing four years of foreign language instruction from a person issued that credential as part of an after school program voluntarily maintained by a school district.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 44258.8 is added to the Education Code, to read:

44258.8.
 Notwithstanding any other law, the commission shall issue a foreign language teaching credential for the sole purpose of providing foreign language instruction as part of an after school program voluntarily maintained by a school district to a person who meets both of the following requirements:
(a) Passes the single subject California Subject Examinations for Teachers in the foreign language in which he or she will be providing instruction.
(b) Has a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of postsecondary education.

SEC. 2.

 Section 51461 of the Education Code is amended to read:

51461.
 (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, and certifies that the graduate meets all of the following criteria:
(1) Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above in those classes.
(2) Passing the California Standards Test in English language arts administered in grade 11 at the proficient level or above.
(3) Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, demonstrated through one of the following methods:
(A) Passing a foreign language Advanced Placement examination with a score of 3 or higher or an International Baccalaureate examination with a score of 4 or higher.
(B) Successful completion of a four-year high school course of study in a foreign language, and attaining an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study.
(C) If no Advanced Placement examination or off-the-shelf language test exists and the school district can certify to the Superintendent that the test meets the rigor of a four-year high school course of study in that foreign language, passing a school district language examination that, at a minimum, assesses speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English at the proficient level or higher. If a school district offers a language examination in a language in which an Advanced Placement examination or off-the-shelf language test exists, the school district language examination shall be approved by the Superintendent for the purpose of determining proficiency in a language other than English.
(D) Passing the SAT II foreign language examination with a score of 600 or higher.
(E) Successful completion of four years of foreign language instruction from a person issued a teaching credential pursuant to Section 44258.8 as part of an after school program voluntarily maintained by a school district.
(b) If the primary language of a pupil in any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, is other than English, he or she shall do both of the following in order to qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy:
(1) Attain the early advanced proficiency level on the English language development test. For purposes of this paragraph, a participating school district may administer the English language development test an additional time as necessary.
(2) Meet the requirements of subdivision (a).
(c) For languages in which an Advanced Placement test is not available, the Superintendent may provide a listing of equivalent summative tests that school districts may use in place of an Advanced Placement test for purposes of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) of subdivision (a). A school district may provide the Superintendent with a list of equivalent summative tests that the district uses in place of an Advanced Placement test for purposes of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) of subdivision (a). The Superintendent may use lists received from school districts in developing his or her list of equivalent summative tests.
(d) For purposes of this article, “foreign language” means a language other than English, and includes American Sign Language.