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Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Education

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Enhance the Achievement

Enhance the Achievement of English Language Learners 2017-18 $12.4 M ong>Budgetong> Request Provide educational opportunities for New York’s diverse student population New funding would support Native Language Arts test development ($11.4 million) and translation of all required state assessments into the State’s eight most common home foreign languages ($1 million). • Over the past 10 years, the state’s English language learner student enrollment has increased by 20 percent, and these students now make up 8 percent of New York’s student population. • In order to provide English language learners with the opportunity and resources to demonstrate achievement of higher standards, the Department is seeking funding to develop and implement a Native Language Arts test, beginning with Spanish. • In addition, the Department is seeking to offer translations of all required state assessments to better inform educators about students’ knowledge and abilities. 16

Development of Regents Exams in World Languages 2017-18 $5.0 M ong>Budgetong> Request Enhance Opportunities for Students to Better Demonstrate What They Know • For well over a century, the Department developed and oversaw the administration of Regents Exams in World Languages to provide a uniformly high-standard for instruction in the tested languages in high schools across the New York. Unfortunately, due to state budget cuts, these exams had to be discontinued in the 2011- 12 school year. • The lack of these exams has limited graduation options under the Regents Multiple Pathways “4+1” option. • The Department is seeking $5 million in state funding to resume Regents Exams in the four World Languages (Spanish, French, Chinese (simplified), and Italian) that are taught most frequently in New York high schools. 17

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