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Standards and Guidelines

NYS LOTE Learning Standards

The LOTE Learning Standards represent the core of what all people should know, understand and be able to do as a result of their schooling.   Learning standards have two primary dimensions. Content standards describe what students should know, understand and be able to do. Performance standards define levels of student achievement pertaining to content. However, the teaching and learning which takes place in between is the heart of the matter. This addresses opportunity to learn standards and is, perhaps, the most crucial element of the entire process.


Commonly asked questions regarding LOTE requirements, programs and credits.

LOTE Publications

These documents which include Resource Guides incorporate the foundations for second language acquisition as presented in earlier State Education Department publications such as the syllabus, Modern Languages for Communication, and Preliminary Draft Framework for Languages Other Than English and Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English.  The intent of these guides is to provide language teachers with ideas for instructional activities that may be spiraled over a three-year sequence, to acquaint them with changes in assessment and how to use assessment tools such as rubrics and checklists for more equitable scoring, and to suggest effective teaching strategies.

National World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages   

The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages define the central role of world languages in the learning career of every student. The five goal areas of the Standards establish an inextricable link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this competence to be part of local and global communities.  The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages create a roadmap to guide learners to develop competence to communicate effectively and interact with cultural competence to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.


Updated 1/11/19