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World Languages

Standards and Guidelines

NYS Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (1996)

In 1986, the New York State Education Department had adopted Modern Languages for Communication.  This document was redefined as the NYS Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) as part of the NYS Compact for Learning initiative in 1996. These 1996 standards will remain in effect until such time as a district implements the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021), but not later than the implementation schedule listed below.  

Student Work Exemplars

 

Implementation Timeline for Revised Standards

Districts with secondary (middle and high school) world language programs may implement the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021) as early as they would like, however, all districts must implement these revised standards by no later than indicated by the following schedule:

Implementation of the revised standards (course curricula, instruction, and assessments aligned to the revise standards) must occur by no later than: Grade level
September 1, 2023 7th
September 1, 2024 8th
September 1, 2025 9th
September 1, 2026 10th
September 1, 2027 11th
September 1, 2028 12th

Districts with elementary world language programs may implement the revised standards as early as they would like, however, these revised standards must be implemented in any elementary world language programs by September 1, 2023 for the first year world language is offered.  In each subsequent year, the revised standards will be implemented (course curricula, instruction, and assessments aligned to the revise standards) in the next grade level in which world languages is offered, and so forth, and so on, until the revised standards are implemented in all grade levels Pre-K - 12th.

World Language Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ - Commonly asked questions regarding LOTE requirements, programs and credits.  (Please note:  This document is being revised in the fall of 2021 to add questions that have been received from the field.  As soon as the new FAQ is available, it will be posted on this site.)

Adoption of the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021)

Link to press release

The Board of Regents adopted the revised New York State Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) on Monday, March 15, 2021.  The revisions align the standards with both the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and high-leverage practices and update them to represent what students should know and be able to do in the languages and cultures which they study. The Board of Regents also adopted a regulation changes to rename the learning standards from LOTE to “World Languages” at their July 2021 meeting following a public comment on the proposed changes.

Summary of the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages

The New York State Learning Standards for LOTE are divided into two language groups: Modern Languages and Classical Languages. Modern languages include any language that has living, native speakers. Modern languages are contrasted with Classical languages, which include Latin, ancient Greek, ancient Hebrew, and other languages from earlier time periods in human history.  These updated learning standards for both Modern and Classical Languages are organized into two anchor standards: Communication and Cultures. The Communication Anchor Standard for all languages is broken down into three Standards—one for each mode of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, Presentational).  The Cultures Anchor Standard is broken down into two Standards: the Relating Cultural Practices and Products to Perspectives standard and the Cultural Comparisons standard.

Unlike the standards of other disciplines, the NYS Learning Standards for World Languages are not grade-banded, but instead are grouped into three proficiency ranges that correspond to the World Language Checkpoints (A, B, C) that reflect levels of achievement students must reach, generally over the course of two years of study each.  Students meet the standards by demonstrating proficiency at the levels consistent with the lower end of the range for each Checkpoint. This demonstration of proficiency generally occurs by the end of 8th grade for Checkpoint A, by the end of 10th grade for Checkpoint B, and by the end of 12th grade for Checkpoint C.

NYS Learning Standards for LOTE (World Languages) (2021)

Themes & Topics (2021)

Crosswalk - LOTE (1996) to WL Standards (2021)

Crosswalk - WL Standards and NGLS

 

Proficiency Ranges & Performance Indicators (2021)

The performance indicator documents are available in two formats – letter size (8.5 x 11) and tabloid size (11 x 17).  Category 1-2 modern languages are those that use a Roman-based alphabet.  Category 3-4 modern languages are those that use a non-Roman-based alphabet (i.e., Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Russian), those that are character-based (i.e., Japanese, Korean, Mandarin), and indigenous languages (i.e., Seneca, Tuscarora).  There is also a one-page summary document for the performance indicators for each category of languages.

Languages Letter-sized document (8.5 x 11) Tabloid-sized document (11 x 17)

One-page summary (11 x 17)

Modern Languages - Category 1-2 Click here to download Click here to download Click here to download
Modern Languages - Category 3-4 Click here to download Click here to download Click here to download
Classical Languages Click here to download Click here to download Click here to download

 

Resources to support the transition to the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021)

At-a-Glance Documents for Modern Languages (Category 1-2)

At-a-Glance Documents for Modern Languages (Category 3-4)

At-a-Glance Documents for Classical Languages

Authentic Resources

Implementation Process & Timeline

The implementation of the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages is divided into three phases:

Phases Activities

 Phase I - Raising Awareness and Building Capacity

Adoption – Aug. 2023

Roll-out and building awareness of the revised standards and timeline for implementation; professional learning opportunities to prepare schools to transition to the revised standards

 Phase II – Gradual Implementation and Building Capacity

Sept. 2023 – Aug. 2028

Focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, professional learning

Phase III – Full Implementation and Sustainability

Sept. 2028 and on 

All P-12 World Language courses will be aligned with NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (as renamed from LOTE); New York State Seal of Biliteracy programs will be aligned with the revised standards

 

 

Implementation Timeline

Districts with secondary (middle and high school) world language programs may implement the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021) as early as they would like, however, all districts must implement these revised standards by no later than indicated by the following schedule:

Implementation of the revised standards (course curricula, instruction, and assessments aligned to the revise standards) must occur by no later than: 

Grade level
September 1, 2023 7th
September 1, 2024 8th
September 1, 2025 9th
September 1, 2026 10th
September 1, 2027 11th
September 1, 2028 12th

Districts with elementary world language programs may implement the revised standards as early as they would like, however, these revised standards must be implemented in any elementary world language programs by September 1, 2023 for the first year world language is offered.  In each subsequent year, the revised standards will be implemented (course curricula, instruction, and assessments aligned to the revise standards) in the next grade level in which world languages is offered, and so forth, and so on, until the revised standards are implemented in all grade levels Pre-K - 12th.

From LOTE to World Languages (Regulatory name change)

The regulation changes regarding the name change from LOTE to World Languages adopted by the NYS Board of Regents at their July 2021 meeting include:

  • Renaming the standards to “New York State Standards for World Languages,” which amends Commissioner’s regulations to replace the term “languages other than English” with “world languages” in reference to the learning standards, pathway assessment, and course credit; 
  • Renaming teaching certificate titles, as well as certification and teacher preparation program coursework requirements from “language(s) other than English” to “world language(s) other than English,” and the tenure title of “Foreign Languages” to “World Languages”; 
  • Amending references to the term “foreign languages” throughout Commissioner’s regulations to read “world languages” or “world languages other than English,” as applicable; and
  • Clarifying that teachers currently in the foreign languages tenure area would now be in the world languages tenure area, and any prior service in the foreign languages tenure area is included toward service in the renamed world languages tenure area.
The Standards Revision & Public Feedback Process

The Department established the World Language Leadership Team (now called the World Language Content Advisory Panel), consisting of 20 leaders and experts in the fields of language acquisition and world language teacher preparation, in 2018 to assist in the standards revision process.  The Department developed the proposed revisions to the NYS LOTE Standards in partnership with numerous stakeholders, including the World Language Content Advisory Panel and ten Standards Review Committees made up of seven regional committees and three Language-Specific Committees (American Sign Language, Classical Languages, and Indigenous Languages) with over 200 members.  Care was taken to ensure participation by representatives of all regions of New York State, as well as key stakeholder groups, including teachers and administrators, experts in the field, parents and students, higher education faculty, BOCES and Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) staff, Big 5 school districts, and members of various professional organizations, including the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT), the New York State Association of World Language Administrators (NYSAWLA), and the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE).

Feedback Process

The Department released the proposed standards revisions to the public in February 2020, along with a survey that gathered feedback from more than 1,100 individual stakeholders across New York State.  The vast majority of respondents expressed strong support for all proposed revisions. Of the responses received, 94 percent indicated that they either moderately or strongly supported the revised standards overall, with 93 percent specifically supporting the name change.

World Language Needs Assessment Survey (summer 2020)

World Languages Needs Assessment Survey Results Report

The World Languages Needs Assessment Survey Results Report describes feedback from educators across the state on their specific needs as schools plan to transition to a revised set of standards in world languages.  The report consists of an Executive Summary followed by each survey question.  The Executive Summary contains four sections:  the responses, the results, the feedback, and the analysis and next steps moving forward.  Each question from the survey is then listed, followed by a graph illustrating the data and/or a table showing the breakdown of responses.  A number of questions allowed for additional comments, the most representative of which are reprinted in this report.  In Appendix A, the responses to Question #6 (Which of the following statements best reflects your current knowledge of the revised standards and your comfort level with the shifts they will require?) are disaggregated for deeper analysis.  Please address any questions regarding this report to Candace Black, candace.black@nysed.gov, (518) 473-7505.