April 11, 2016
Beginning with the Class of 2016, the Anchorage School District will offer graduating seniors a Seal of Biliteracy to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages.
“As one of the most diverse school districts in the country, we are proud to recognize the languages our students have and the ones they’re pursuing,” said Superintendent Ed Graff. “This seal acknowledges the abilities and accomplishments of our students who are advancing their language acquisition at a very high level of success.”
The seal will appear on the diploma of the graduating senior and is documented on the student’s official transcript.
“The seal honors the skills our students attain and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices,” said World Languages Director Brandon Locke. “This seal legitimizes their efforts and provides documentation of an important 21st century skill.”
Many state departments of education have adopted such seals. While the recognition isn’t offered at a statewide level in Alaska, ASD is moving forward with offering a seal for students because the district has such a diverse student population and many English-speaking students who are studying a world language.
In order to receive the Seal of Biliteracy, a student whose primary language is English must meet the following criteria:
Approved languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. ASD has assessments available in these approved languages and plans to add additional languages next year as more assessments become available.
A student whose primary language is not English must meet the following criteria:
Approved languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Students whose first language is Russian must receive a minimum score of I-4 on the ACTFL AAPPL measurement. ASD plans to add additional languages next year as more assessments become available.