PA 08-138—sHB 5820

Education Committee

Appropriations Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR PRIVATE WORLD LANGUAGE COURSES AND FOR OTHER SUBJECT AREAS

SUMMARY: This act permits local school boards to give a student credit towards meeting high school graduation requirements for (1) completing a world-language course provided by a nonprofit organization and (2) passing a subject area proficiency test the education commissioner identifies and approves. The act allows boards to grant up to four credits for a private nonprofit world language course if the student achieves a passing grade on a commissioner-prescribed test. Boards can grant an unlimited number of credits to students passing the proficiency tests regardless of the number of hours the student spent in a public school classroom learning the subject matter. The commissioner must prescribe the world language examinations and identify and approve the subject area proficiency examinations within available appropriations.

By law, students must have at least 20 credits to graduate from high school, with 14 of those in statutorily specified subjects. Generally, only courses taken in school in grades nine through 12 could satisfy the graduation requirement under prior law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2008

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