(105 ILCS 5/2-3.169)
    Sec. 2-3.169. State Global Scholar Certification.
    (a) The State Global Scholar Certification Program is established to recognized public and nonpublic high school graduates who have attained global competence. State Global Scholar Certification shall be awarded beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. School district or nonpublic school participation in this certification is voluntary.
    (b) The purposes of State Global Scholar Certification are as follows:
        (1) To recognize the value of a global education.
        (2) To certify attainment of global competence.
        (3) To provide employers with a method of identifying
globally competent employees.
        (4) To provide colleges and universities with an
additional method to recognize applicants seeking admission.
        (5) To prepare students with 21st century skills.
        (6) To encourage the development of a globally ready
workforce in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), manufacturing, agriculture, and service sectors.
    (c) State Global Scholar Certification confirms attainment of global competence, sufficient for meaningful use in college and a career, by a graduating public or nonpublic high school student.
    (d) The State Board of Education shall adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish the criteria that students must achieve to earn State Global Scholar Certification, which shall minimally include attainment of units of credit in globally focused courses, service learning experiences, global collaboration and dialogue, and passage of a capstone project demonstrating global competency, as approved by the participating school district or nonpublic school for this purpose.
    (e) The State Board of Education shall do both of the following:
        (1) Prepare and deliver to participating school
districts or nonpublic schools an appropriate mechanism for designating State Global Scholar Certification on the diploma and transcript of a student indicating that the student has been awarded State Global Scholar Certification by the State Board of Education.
        (2) Provide other information the State Board of
Education deems necessary for school districts or nonpublic schools to successfully participate in the certification.
    (f) A school district or nonpublic school that participates in certification under this Section shall do both of the following:
        (1) Maintain appropriate records in order to identify
students who have earned State Global Scholar Certification.
        (2) Make the appropriate designation on the diploma
and transcript of each student who earns State Global Scholar Certification.
    (g) No fee may be charged to a student to receive the designation pursuant to the Section. Notwithstanding this prohibition, costs may be incurred by the student in demonstrating proficiency.
(Source: P.A. 103-352, eff. 7-28-23.)