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State Seal of Biliteracy

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The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award provided by state approved districts that recognizes high school graduates who attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and a world language by high school graduation. Our vision is to help students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual. The State Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.

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Dear Families,

We are pleased to inform you of the Everett Public School’s participation in the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy for the 2020 - 2021 School Year. The Seal of Biliteracy is for any student who demonstrates proficiency in English and any other language, whether they speak that language at home or learned it at school or in the community. The State Seal of Biliteracy aims to:


a) Encourage students to study and master languages;

 
b) Certify attainment of biliteracy skills;
 
c) Recognize the value of language diversity;

d) Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills;

e) Provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high-level skills in languages;

f) Prepare students with skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society; and

g) Strengthen intergroup communication and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community.*

 

In order to earn the Seal of Biliteracy, students must:

Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English by satisfying one of the following:

  1. Earn a score of 240 or higher on the Grade 10 Legacy ELA MCAS (472 on Next-Gen MCAS)
    or
  2. Earn a score of 220 or higher on the Grade 10 Legacy ELA MCAS (455 on Next-Gen MCAS) and complete an Educational Proficiency Plan

Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a foreign language through one of the following:

  1. Attaining a minimum score equivalent to Intermediate-High on a state approved assessment
    or
  2. For languages that do not have readily available assessments, completing a portfolio demonstrating Intermediate-High proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and listening.

 

We will be administering the ELA MCAS in May, 2021. We will be administering Language Proficiency Assessment in the spring of 2021. Students seeking to earn the Seal through portfolio assessment must have portfolio scores submitted to the district prior to their graduation date.

We look forward to honoring the language expertise and diversity of the EPS through this initiative. If you have any questions, please contact World Languages Department Head Dr. Andrea Tringali.