World Languages

The study of world languages prepares students to be linguistically and culturally competent and to communicate, work and collaborate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds at home and abroad. Speaking the language of others is essential for understanding their culture, and perspectives and for the global competency students need to be prepared for life and work in the 21st century. The Minnesota Department of Education supports world language achievement for all learners by providing guidance and technical assistance on implementation of academic standards, current literacy best practices, multi-tiered systems of intervention, and world language policy administration.

For more information about World Languages contact Ursula Lentz at 651-582-8664 or email the Academic Standards Division.

Standards and Assessment 
Minnesota world language standards are locally developed but must be based on the most recent ACTFL world language standards. The Minnesota Department of Education provides a model that districts can use to develop local world language standards. School districts must use a locally selected assessment to determine if students have achieved standards in world languages.

Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates
Minnesota districts and charter schools may award Minnesota bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates to graduating high school students who, in grades 10, 11, or 12 demonstrated the required levels of language proficiency on languages other than English, including American Sign Language (ASL) and American Indian (indigenous) languages.

Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) will award college credit to enrolling students with bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates. Students must request college credit within three academic years of graduation from high school and upon enrollment in a Minnesota State college or university.

Student Travel Incident Reporting
Minnesota Statutes, section 5A.03, subdivision 2, requires school districts and charter schools with enrolled students who participate in a foreign exchange or other travel abroad program to report to MDE by November 1, the number of Minnesota student deaths and hospitalizations due to accident or illness resulting from their participation in the foreign exchange or travel abroad program during the previous school year. For more information, email the Academic Standards Division or call Ursula Lentz at 651-582-8664.