National Council of State Supervisors for Languages

NCSSFL State Reports


State Requirements for Foreign/World Languages in Elementary Schools

State Requirements for Foreign/World Languages in Elementary Schools June 2004


Arkansas Standards for Accreditation for Arkansas Public Schools require that all K-4 students receive instruction in all content areas annually, which includes foreign language experiences. Foreign language experiences are also required in grades 5-6 as part of social studies (history and culture of the world).
Florida Every LEA must have a K-12 foreign language curriculum plan.
Louisiana Curriculum program requirement in grades 1-12, with a daily 30-minute program specifically required in grades 4-6 for academically able students and optional for all others.
Maine LEAs must have a K-12 implementation and assessment plan for modern and classical languages in place. K-12 implementation and assessment must begin in the 2007-2008 school year, contingent upon continued funding from the state legislature.
Massachusetts Unfunded requirement for K-12 instruction (refer to Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Framework)
North Carolina K-12 requirement, however to be implemented as funding allows.
New Jersey According to administrative code (not legislative statute), LEAs must offer a program in grades K-8 and all students are required to participate. The definition of an elementary school includes grades 7-8.
Oklahoma K-8 requirement for all students (language awareness in K-3, sequential instructional program in 4-8); inclusion of grades 7-8 in the definition of an elementary school is dependent on the building site.
Vermont K-12 instruction for all learners (refer to Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities); K-12 assessment plan must be in place and implemented by 2005
Wyoming K-2 requirement for all students.