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A08222 Summary:

SPONSORRosenthal L
COSPNSRButtenschon, Rivera JD
Add 801-b, Ed L
Creates a set of media literacy standards for students in grades kindergarten through twelve which focuses on internet safety, civility and digital citizenship.
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A08222 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to creating a set of media literacy standards for students in grades kindergarten through twelve   PURPOSE: This legislation directs the State Education Department to develop a set of media literacy standards and ensure media literacy education is being provided to students in grades K-12.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends the education law by adding a new section 801-b. Section two establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Over the last decade, the amount of time youth spend consuming media has increased dramatically. According to recent research, children ages eight to 18 now spend an average of nearly eight hours per day on enter- tainment media outside of school. Utilized properly, the media can entertain and inform our children in positive ways. However, opportu- nities for abuse and misuse are rife, especially as media plays a larger role in society. It is critical that youth be provided the education necessary to develop critical thinking skills and understand the role that media plays and the negative impact it can have when consumed improperly. As a result of the shifting dynamics and the 24/7 nature of media, media literacy education is critical in our schools. This legislation will direct the New York State Education Department to create a comprehensive set of media literacy education standards for educators to use. Such standards will ensure that all students, grades K-12, are receiving broad media literacy education that is inclusive of the use of technolo- gy and social media, responsible online behavior, proper use of online resources for research, curating a positive digital footprint, internet safety, civility and more.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A08222 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     August 25, 2021
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  creating  a  set  of
          media  literacy  standards for students in grades kindergarten through
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 801-b
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 801-b. Instruction in media literacy.    1.  For  purposes  of  this
     4  section,  "media  literacy"  shall  mean the ability to access, analyze,
     5  evaluate, create, and act using all forms of  communication,  use  media
     6  and  encompasses  the  foundational skills that lead to digital citizen-
     7  ship. "Digital citizenship" shall mean a diverse set of  skills  related
     8  to current technology and social media, including the norms of appropri-
     9  ate,  responsible,  and healthy behavior and focuses on empowering lear-
    10  ners to use online resources, applications and spaces to improve  commu-
    11  nities and curate a positive and effective digital footprint.
    12    2.  The  regents,  in  conjunction with the commissioner, shall ensure
    13  that the course of instruction in  grades  kindergarten  through  twelve
    14  includes  a  component  on media literacy.  Such component shall include
    15  instruction of internet safety, civility and digital citizenship with  a
    16  focus  on  the  principles  of safe, responsible use of the internet and
    17  electronic communications.  The boards of education and trustees of  the
    18  cities and school districts of the state shall require instruction to be
    19  given  in media literacy, by the teachers employed in the schools there-
    20  in.  If available, instruction in media literacy shall  be  provided  by
    21  library media specialists employed by the schools therein.
    22    3.  The  commissioner, in conjunction with the regents, shall incorpo-
    23  rate  existing  state  media  literacy  standards  into  the   component
    24  described  in  subdivision  two  of  this section and create a clear and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  coherent set of media literacy education standards, which shall include,
     2  but not be limited to, the following skills, experiences  and  competen-
     3  cies:
     4    a.  reading  experiences balanced between literature and informational
     5  texts, which include both print and digital sources;
     6    b. integration and evaluation of content and information presented  in
     7  diverse media and formats including visual, quantitative and oral;
     8    c.  use  of  technology and digital tools, including the internet, for
     9  writing and drawing to increase learning and communication and to inter-
    10  act and collaborate with others;
    11    d. writing of informative and explanatory texts to examine and  convey
    12  complex  ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effec-
    13  tive selection, organization and analysis of content, including multime-
    14  dia;
    15    e. strategic use of digital  media  and  visual  displays  to  express
    16  information and enhance understanding of presentations;
    17    f.  the  ability  to  assess  how  point of view or purpose shapes the
    18  content and style of a text, drawing on  a  wide  range  of  global  and
    19  diverse texts;
    20    g. gathering of relevant information from multiple sources and assess-
    21  ing  the  credibility  and accuracy of such sources, to be able to inte-
    22  grate such information in writing without plagiarizing;
    23    h. effectively communicating conclusions and  taking  informed  action
    24  based on such conclusions;
    25    i. the ability to create, produce, respond, interpret and connect with
    26  artistic work and techniques;
    27    j.  managing information with a focus on the ability to access and use
    28  information obtained from other people, community resources and computer
    29  networks and using  technology  to  acquire,  organize  and  communicate
    30  information by entering, modifying, retrieving and storing data;
    31    k.  demonstration  of digital citizenship by maintaining ethical deci-
    32  sion making and behavior and avoid the spread of misinformation  in  the
    33  exchange and use of information;
    34    l.  use  of digital tools to communicate and work with others to build
    35  knowledge, convey ideas, learn with others, create and revise collabora-
    36  tive products, support individual learning and contribute to the  learn-
    37  ing of others;
    38    m.  use  of  digital  tools  to  create and revise simple, complex and
    39  multimedia digital artifacts;
    40    n. identification of ways other people put their own information  into
    41  online spaces;
    42    o. the ability to explain how actions in online spaces can have conse-
    43  quences  in  other  spaces and the connection between the persistence of
    44  data on the internet, personal online identity and personal privacy;
    45    p. actively managing digital presence and digital footprint to reflect
    46  an understanding of the permanence and potential consequences of actions
    47  in online spaces;
    48    q. designing and implementation of strategies that support safety  and
    49  security  of  digital information, personal identity, property and phys-
    50  ical and mental health when operating in the digital world;
    51    r. identifying types of cyberbullying  and  developing  strategies  to
    52  combat cyberbullying and harassment; and
    53    s.  any  additional media literacy standards outlined in state depart-
    54  ment publications or in the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the state of
    55  New York, as deemed necessary.

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     1    4. The commissioner, in conjunction with the regents, shall update the
     2  New York state professional  teaching  standards  to  incorporate  media
     3  literacy and educate library media specialists and teachers on the rele-
     4  vant  standards  of media literacy so that library media specialists and
     5  teachers  can  effectively incorporate such standards into their curric-
     6  ulums.
     7    5. The commissioner, in conjunction with the regents,  shall  annually
     8  review  the media literacy standards set forth in this section to ensure
     9  such standards capture the full range of skills, experiences and  compe-
    10  tencies  that  research  indicates  is necessary for media literacy, and
    11  shall update such standards as necessary.
    12    6. The media literacy standards set forth in this section shall  serve
    13  as an overview of the state's interdisciplinary approach to media liter-
    14  acy  education  and shall emphasize the importance of media literacy for
    15  civic readiness.
    16    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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