School District Launches Seal of Biliteracy

Starting this school year, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District students can graduate with one more distinction: official certification of proficiency in two or more languages.

At this week’s Board of Education meeting, the district unveiled its plans to move forward with awarding eligible students a “Seal of Biliteracy,” a distinction authorized by California in 2010 that certifies that a student is proficient in English and one or more additional languages.

Students would demonstrate proficiency by passing exams outlined in the application that would be completed by students and verified by schools. Students who earn this distinction would be recognized with an official “Seal of Biliteracy” on their diploma, a notation on their transcript, a commemorative honors pin, and recognition in the graduation program.

“This is one more accolade that a student can earn to distinguish him or herself above other students when competing for college admissions or in the job market,” said World Languages teacher Dan Dupont. He and other World Languages teachers worked collaboratively in spearheading the project. “It officially certifies that a student knows more than one language.”

This endeavor aligns with the district’s new Strategic Plan that was launched this year. One of the focus areas is to prepare students to be college and career ready, a goal that is also outlined in the Common Core Standards.

For more information, contact the World Languages teachers at your high school or Director of Secondary Education Cary Johnson at carjohnson@pylusd.org, (714) 985-8704.

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