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World Languages

Language and communication make us human. Kansas must produce students who are proficient in English and at least one other language in order to contribute to a global society. Content on this webpage is intended to meet this purpose: “to improve the quality and support the growth of teaching and learning of world languages in Kansas.”

World Languages General Information

These documents have general information relevant to all World Language educators. Information on standards, assessments, visiting international teachers, and world language resources can be found using the "World Languages Quick Links" above.
 TitleDescription
Kansas Seal of BiliteracyAs adopted, May 2016 by the Kansas Board of Education, this will be awarded by Kansas State Department of Education and a local school district to recognize any student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages. Guideli
Guidelines for Kansas Seal of BiliteracyPlease follow these guidelines created by the World Languages Advisory Council to award a state seal of biliteracy in your district.
State Seal of Biliteracy Implementation Guidelines WebinarRecorded on Aug. 11, 2016; approx. 30 min.
Kansas Model Curricular Standards for World LanguagesAll world languages should base instruction on this set of standards. Standards-based guides for each language available for three levels. This link is also located in the World Languages Quick Links in the upper right hand corner of the page.
World Language Advisory CouncilMembers of the KSDE World Language Advisory Council will meet three times during the 2015-2016 school year.
World Language AssessmentsEasy access to Kansas Benchmark (performance) assessment documents, and links to national and/or international summative assessments. This link is also located in the World Languages Quick Links in the upper right hand corner of the page.
World Language Connections to KCCRSThis presentation clarifies the connections between World Language Standards and the KCCRS in ELA, Math, History, Science, and English Language Proficiency. Use it for self-training or to present a workshop. To request a workshop, contact Phyllis Farrar.
World Language Enrollment Survey Report, 2011Analysis of enrollment data for world languages in the majority of Kansas districts. Data was collected by a survey of teachers in spring of 2011 concerning the 2010-2011 school year.
World Language Quality Survey Report, 2012Analysis of responses to 20 questions about program and instructional quality. Survey administered to KS teachers in spring of 2012 concerning the 2011-2012 school year.
World Language ResourcesDocuments and links pertain to advocacy, instruction, special projects, and professional development. This link is also located in the World Languages Quick Links in the upper right hand corner of the page.

World Languages
Program Consultant

Phyllis Farrar
(785) 296-1891
pfarrar@ksde.org

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303
bneuenswander@ksde.org

Director
Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142
sesmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-0979
jscott@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078
jnobo@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Assessment
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325
bfultz@ksde.org

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