Dear FLACS Members:
This past month was very exciting for the FLACS
executive board.Check out the highlights below:
On December 2, 2014 NYSED hosted a meeting to
address many of our concerns and interests. The
participants at the meeting were: Angelica
Infante-Green, NYSED Associate Commissioner for
Bilingual Education and Foreign Languages,
Lissette Colon-Collins, Assistant to Ms. Green,
Dr. Elaine Margarita, President of FLACS, Joan
Anderson, Chief Operating Officer of FLACS, Dr.
Jennifer Eddy, Assistant Professor of World
Language Education and Youth Services at Queens
College, and via conference call: John Carlino,
Executive Director of NYSAFLT, Francesco Fratto,
President Elect of NYSAFLT, and Bill Anderson,
2014 President of NYSAFLT. It truly was a 21st
Century meeting. We were productive, flexible,
creative, thinking critically as we addressed
and solved problems together, demonstrating
leadership, and collaborating in innovative
ways. Most importantly, we all left the meeting
feeling very positive and energized about "World
Languages" and our plans for moving forward with
highly effective and standards-based
instruction, curriculum, and assessments across
Below is a summary of what we discussed.
- The State Education Department will
transition to the nomenclature of "World
Languages" in place of LOTE, in response to
the request made by FLACS president, Elaine
- FLACS exams will be reviewed and
analyzed for the following three objectives:
- Listed officially as an "approved"
assessment on the SED website,
- Available as an alternative
assessment for the new "Pathways to
Graduation" program for a Regents
- Used to grant credit by examination
for ELLs and other extenuating
circumstances for students at risk for
- Ms. Infante-Green will request a meeting
for this spring with the Board of Regents
and the FLACS Executive Board along with Dr.
Eddy to present the proposal of SED
officially approving FLACS exams.
- Future SED calendars will designate
FLACS exams on the (3rd) Monday as the
official testing date for World Language
exams. The FLACS Exams will continue to be
posted on the SED website as a viable option
for World Language assessments as we are
going through the validation process.
- The Themes document will replace the
Modern Language Syllabus list of
"Topics" and will be enhanced to include
units developed for each theme.
- News item: SED will be adding a new
position, an Associate for World
Languages, to be announced at a future
Ms. Infante-Green asked Elaine Margarita and Joan
Anderson, as representatives of FLACS, to attend
meetings with SED every other month. We agreed to meet in
January at a date to be arranged.
Warm regards and Happy Holidays!