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PUSD Hosts First Annual California Seal of Biliteracy Awards

Porterville Unified School District will hold its first annual California Seal of Biliteracy Awards reception next Monday (June 6) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Monache High School. The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) became effective on January 1, 2012, through Assembly Bill 815 as the program recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English.

A total of 122 PUSD students have earned Seal of Biliteracy recognition and will be honored at the event with 76 of the students receiving medals for earning a 3.5 grade-point-average or better.

In order to meet the requirements to receive the Seal of Biliteracy, students must meet all designated criteria: completion of all English Language Arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above in those classes and passing the California Standards Test in English Language Arts administered in grade eleven at the Proficient level or above.

Proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English, must be demonstrated through one of the following methods: passing a foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) examination with a score of 3 or higher or an International Baccalaureate examination with a score or 4 or higher, successful completion of a four-year high school course of study in a foreign (world) language and attainment of an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study.

If no AP examination or off-the-shelf language test exists and the school district can certify to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) that the test meets the rigor of a four-year high school course of study in that foreign (world) language, passing a school district language examination that, at a minimum, assesses speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English at the Proficient level or higher. If a school district offers an examination in a language in which an AP examination or off-the-shelf language test does exist, the school district language examination shall be approved by the SSPI for the purpose of determining proficiency in a language other than English.

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