2017 Arkansas Code
Title 6 - Education
Subtitle 2 - Elementary and Secondary Education Generally
Chapter 16 - Curriculum
Subchapter 1 - General Provisions
§ 6-16-142. American Sign Language as modern language or foreign language

Universal Citation: AR Code § 6-16-142 (2017)
  • (a) As used in this section, "American Sign Language" means the visual natural language recognized globally that is linguistically complete with unique rules for language structure and use, including without limitation phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse.
  • (b)
    • (1) American Sign Language may be taught in the public schools of the state as a modern language or foreign language.
    • (2) An American Sign Language course shall:
      • (A) Adhere to standards of rigor and proficiency consistent with content standards and curriculum frameworks for foreign language courses developed by the State Board of Education; and
      • (B) Receive academic credit equal to other foreign language courses.
  • (c) The state board shall promulgate rules for the licensure and curriculum requirements necessary to implement this section.
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