San Diego – Ventura Unified School District and Chula Vista Elementary School District have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Multiple Pathways to Biliteracy District Recognition Award. The Californians Together award celebrates districts that are leading the way to world-class language education in preschool through 12th grade. [Read more…] about Two California School Districts are Honored with the Prestigious Multiple Pathways to Biliteracy Award
Sacramento: Three out of four (74%) English Learner students in grades 6 -12 have been in California schools for 7 years or more and are still without the English skills they need to succeed academically. Because this is longer than it should take to attain English proficiency, they are called “Long Term English Learners” (LTELs). The numbers compiled by the California Department of Education for the first time by any state in the nation, is part of an effort to ensure these students get the educational support they need. [Read more…] about California is the First State in the Nation to Define and Identify English Learners who After Many Years are Struggling to Succeed
This research report includes data on 175,734 secondary school English Learners in 40 California school districts, and draws upon existing research literature and inquiries conducted in secondary schools.
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Nearly 25,000 graduating high school students across California this summer have earned state recognition for achieving proficiency in multiple languages, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
“Fluency in more than one language has always been an admirable skill, but it’s increasingly becoming one that’s highly sought after by employers,” Torlakson said. “In California, we encourage and recognize this accomplishment because it’s one more tool students have to help them succeed outside our classrooms.”
In the Class of 2014, 24,513 students earned these gold seals. In 2013, the number was 19,000. In 2012—the first year of the program—about 10,000 students received this special recognition.
Of the total number of gold seals, 74.49 percent were for Spanish, 9.81 percent for French, 3.88 percent for Mandarin, 1.97 percent for Japanese, 1.19 percent for German, and 0.29 percent for Cantonese. Altogether, students earned the seal for demonstrating proficiency in some 40 languages, including American Sign Language.
To qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy, high school graduates must meet certain criteria, including:
- Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above in those classes;
- Passing the California Standards Test in English language arts administered in grade eleven at the “proficient” level;
- Proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English, demonstrated by passing a foreign language Advanced Placement examination with a score of three or higher or an International Baccalaureate examination with a score of four or higher; or
- Successful completion of a four-year high school course of study in a world language and attainment of an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study.
For more information on which local educational agencies participated in the program and how many Seals of Biliteracy were awarded, visit the California Department of Education’s State Seal of Biliteracy – Resources Web page.
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