New Jersey Department of Education

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Policy Initiatives

Implementation of World Languages Graduation Requirements for ELLs

The following options may be considered with regard to satisfying the 5-credit high school graduation requirement for English language learners (ELLs): World Language Other than English - ELLs may elect to study any world language in addition to English offered in the district's world language program.

Students' Native Language - ELLs may use their native language to satisfy the requirement when entering the ninth grade or at subsequent grade levels as newly arrived students from their native country. Students that have been speaking their native language since a very young age and throughout their prior educational experience will satisfy the world languages requirement. Districts may do proficiency testing, if desired. Study of English - ELLs who take an additional English or English as a Second Language (ESL) class may use that second English class to fulfill the world languages requirement.

Further Study of the Native/Heritage Language - ELLs may continue to further develop and enhance heritage language speaking and literacy skills in an out-of-school program in a world language not taught in the public school district. Further related to this option is the passage of legislation in August 2001, that required the Department of Education to establish a World Languages Instruction Committee to develop a plan which would provide students in public schools the opportunity to receive instruction in and graduation credit for a world language not taught in the public school district (N.J.S.A.18A:35-4.18). The procedures developed by the World Languages Instruction Committee are very similar to those outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a)1ii, known as Option Two of the code regarding implementation of graduation requirements.