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WVUSD institutes the California State Seal of Biliteracy

Walnut High School introduced the State Seal of Biliteracy award in foreign language classes Friday, March 8.

In accordance with California Education Code Section 51460, students can obtain the seal by completing multiple statewide requirements. To be eligible for the award, students must earn an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher in all required English classes for graduation, a result of “Standard Met” or “Standard Exceeded” in English on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress and proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

“The biliteracy seal not only congratulates people who’ve done well in foreign language classes, but it can also help future [students] in their process for a college or job application,” Advanced Placement French student senior Kyla Jennell said. “Attaining a biliteracy seal in French would serve as proof [that] I can utilize and understand beyond the simple basics of French.”

To demonstrate language proficiency, students must either receive a score of three or higher on an Advanced Placement language exam, score of 600 or higher on the SAT II foreign language exam, score of four or higher on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level exam or a GPA of 3.0 or higher in four years of foreign language classes. After fulfilling all requirements, students will receive an additional certificate and seal on their diploma at graduation.

“I know some students really care for their graduation, so they can see this value and the later value,” Chinese teacher Olivia Madrid said. “For foreign languages, if you don’t continue, it’ll be foreign. If you keep going, it’s going to stay with you, and nobody can take that away from you. Now that we recognize these efforts, you can prove that you’re good at [a language].”

By Amy Lo, Staff writer
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