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ERIC Number: EJ1124440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Prioritization of K-12 World Language Education in the United States: State Requirements for High School Graduation
O'Rourke, Polly; Zhou, Qian; Rottman, Isaac
Foreign Language Annals, v49 n4 p789-800 Win 2016
In view of the importance of increasing multilingualism in the United States, the current study examined state policy for high school graduation requirements in the 50 states and the District of Columbia as an index of the way in which the study of world language is positioned and prioritized in K--12 education. Only seven states require the study of a world language other than English as a prerequisite for high school graduation for all students. The majority of states do not include world languages as a requirement for high school graduation, but almost half include world language coursework as an option of fulfilling an elective graduation requirement. Overall, while there are some positive developments, principally the Seal of Biliteracy initiative, world language education is not prioritized in state-level policies. Continued efforts, possibly at the federal level, are required to maintain and promote world language education in the United States
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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