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Public Act 101-0222


 

Public Act 0222 101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 101-0222
 
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    AN ACT concerning education.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
2-3.159 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.159)
    Sec. 2-3.159. State Seal of Biliteracy.
    (a) In this Section, "foreign language" means any language
other than English, including all modern languages, Latin,
American Sign Language, Native American languages, and native
languages.
    (b) The State Seal of Biliteracy program is established to
recognize public and non-public high school graduates who have
attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages
in addition to English. The State Seal of Biliteracy shall be
awarded beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. School
district and non-public school participation in this program is
voluntary.
    (c) 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 21st century skills.
        (6) To recognize the value of foreign language and
    native language instruction in public and non-public
    schools.
        (7) To strengthen intergroup relationships, affirm the
    value of diversity, and honor the multiple cultures and
    languages of a community.
    (d) The State Seal of Biliteracy certifies attainment of a
high level of proficiency, sufficient for meaningful use in
college and a career, by a graduating public or non-public high
school pupil in one or more languages in addition to English.
    (e) The State Board of Education shall adopt such rules as
may be necessary to establish the criteria that pupils must
achieve to earn a State Seal of Biliteracy, which may include
without limitation attainment of units of credit in English
language arts and languages other than English and passage of
such assessments of foreign language proficiency as may be
approved by the State Board of Education for this purpose.
These rules shall ensure that the criteria that pupils must
achieve to earn a State Seal of Biliteracy meet the course
credit criteria established under subsection (i) of this
Section.
    (f) The State Board of Education shall do both of the
following:
        (1) Prepare and deliver to participating school
    districts and non-public schools an appropriate mechanism
    for designating the State Seal of Biliteracy on the diploma
    and transcript of the pupil indicating that the pupil has
    been awarded a State Seal of Biliteracy by the State Board
    of Education.
        (2) Provide other information the State Board of
    Education deems necessary for school districts and
    non-public schools to successfully participate in the
    program.
    (g) A school district or non-public school that
participates in the program under this Section shall do both of
the following:
        (1) Maintain appropriate records in order to identify
    pupils who have earned a State Seal of Biliteracy.
        (2) Make the appropriate designation on the diploma and
    transcript of each pupil who earns a State Seal of
    Biliteracy.
    (h) No fee shall be charged to a pupil to receive the
designation pursuant to this Section. Notwithstanding this
prohibition, costs may be incurred by the pupil in
demonstrating proficiency, including without limitation any
assessments required under subsection (e) of this Section.
    (i) For admissions purposes, each public university in this
State shall accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent
to 2 years of foreign language coursework taken during high
school if a student's high school transcript indicates that he
or she will be receiving or has received the State Seal of
Biliteracy.
    (j) Each public community college and public university in
this State shall establish criteria to translate a State Seal
of Biliteracy into course credit based on foreign language
course equivalencies identified by the community college's or
university's faculty and staff and, upon request from an
enrolled student, the community college or university shall
award foreign language course credit to a student who has
received a State Seal of Biliteracy. Students enrolled in a
public community college or public university who have received
a State Seal of Biliteracy must request course credit for their
seal within 3 academic years after graduating from high school.
(Source: P.A. 98-560, eff. 8-27-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14;
99-600, eff. 1-1-17.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2020