There are new options now for fulfilling the language requirements for graduation, as American Sign language is approved for foreign language requirement in New Jersey high schools.

American Sign Language is Approved for Foreign Language RequirementThe new law was signed into effect by Governor Chris Christie. It requires high schools to allow students the option of taking sign language to fulfill the foreign language graduation requirement, instead of spoken languages.

The legislation states that American Sign Language hall be recognized as a world language for the purpose of meeting any state or local world language requirement for high school graduation.”

Support for American Sign Language to be considered as a world language is not new in New Jersey.  A resolution was passed by the state Senate and Assembly 20 years ago which urged school districts to consider American Sign Language as a foreign language credit. The NJ Department of Education website also lists sign language as a world language

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