Regional
11:43 am
Wed November 30, 2005

Change In High School Language Requirement

Frankfort, KY – The state Department of Education has retreated from its proposal
to implement a language requirement by 2010.
Under the proposal, students of public high schools in Kentucky
probably won't have to speak, read and write a foreign language for another
decade in order to get a diploma.
Officials say one problem will be finding qualified foreign language
teachers and questions remain over how students would be tested for
competency.
The Department will recommend the state Board of Education wait until
2016 before making competency in a foreign language part of the
graduation requirements.
Foreign language competency is defined as having at least two years
of language instruction.