Statutes and Regulations
N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.18: Provides 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.A.C. 6A:8-1.1: The Core Curriculum Content Standards specify expectations in nine content areas including world languages. The standards are further delineated by cumulative progress indicators that outline what students should know and be able to do at benchmark grades four, eight and twelve.
The teaching of world languages is mandated in grades K-8.
N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1: Requires districts to "ensure that curriculum and instruction are delivered in such a way that all students are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills specified by the Core Curriculum Content Standards."
All students should be given the opportunity to learn a world language in a program that offers appropriate time allocations and quality instruction. A program that does not offer a sufficient amount of contact time and frequency of instruction assumes less student proficiency from the outset and denies district students access to excellence and equity in achieving the standards.
NJAC 6A:8-3.1(a)3: Holds school districts accountable for "assessing and publicly reporting student achievement in all content areas", including such areas as world languages that are not yet part of the statewide assessment program.
This underscores the school district's responsibility for program implementation and reporting of student outcomes.