New York to award ‘seal of biliteracy’

New York is debating the establishment of a ‘seal of literacy’ to highlight graduates’ language proficiency, following the example of California where such an award was first introduced in 2011.

California was the first US state to create a ‘seal of biliteracy’ which is affixed to diplomas and high school transcripts to show that the graduate demonstrates fluency in English and at least one other language, including American Sign Language.

Students can qualify in four ways: Passing an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam with a passing score of 3 or higher; completing a four-year high school course in the same foreign language with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0; passing a district’s foreign-language exam at a proficient level or higher; or passing a foreign government’s approved language exam.

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