Seal of Biliteracy Informational Meeting

January 10, 2018, 3:00 – 3:30 PM

Junction City High School Cafeteria

USD 475 prepares global citizens for a globally connected world. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by USD 475 and the State of Kansas in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
The Seal encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.

• To encourage students to study languages
• To certify attainment of biliteracy skills
• To recognize the value of language diversity
• To provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
• To provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high level skills in multiple languages
• To prepare students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
• To strengthen intergroup relationships and honor the multiple cultures and languages in the Junction City community.
“Monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21st century.”
-Gregg Roberts, Utah State Office of Education
Who can earn a Seal of Biliteracy?
A Seal of Biliteracy is granted to all students who meet the criteria for the award. For each level, criteria are set for students whose first language is English who are learning a second language and for English Learners who are developing academic proficiency in their home language while mastering English.
What languages qualify?
The Seal of Biliteracy is intended for all students who master standard academic English and any other language. For many languages, the ACTFL AAPL test will be used to determine proficiency levels. For languages which do not currently have a national test (like Vietnamese), USD 475 uses a combination of assessments, course requirements, student work, and performance to measure proficiency.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Becky Hickert, Counselor, Alicia Goheen, World Language Chair,

Seal of Biliteracy Flyer page 1

Seal of Biliteracy Flyer page 2

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