Delaware Seal of Biliteracy
Delaware Seal of Biliteracy Overview
AWARD 1: Diamond Certification of Multiliteracy
AWARD 2: Gold Certification of Multiliteracy
English Requisite: ELA Proficient SAT-480
ELL Requisite: ACCESS 5.0
2ND LANGUAGE CRITERIA
Award 1 Qualification: Advanced-Low
Award 2 Qualification: Intermediate-Mid
American Sign Language: Yes
College Credit: None currently reported
Delaware Seal of Biliteracy Accepted Tests and Assessments
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Delaware SEAL OF BILITERACY LEGISLATURE
ESTABLISHING DELAWARE CERTIFICATES OF MULTI-LITERACY TO HONOR AND RECOGNIZE DELAWARE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO HAVE ATTAINED HIGH LEVELS OF PROFICIENCY IN ONE OR MORE WORLD LANGUAGES IN ADDITION TO ENGLISH.
WHEREAS, Delaware recognizes that proficiency in world languages is crucial for the state to maintain and strengthen its domestic economy and that its graduates who have advanced level language skills have an economic edge in the multilingual and multicultural workforce of the 21st century; and
WHEREAS, Governor Markell’s 2011 World Language Expansion Initiative implemented an aggressive world language education plan to prepare generations of Delawareans with the language skills to compete in an ever-changing global economy at home and around the world; and WHEREAS, developing literacy in two or more languages represents a challenging academic standard for every Delaware student; and
WHEREAS, developing and maintaining proficiency in a child’s native language is crucial for Delaware’s more than 10,000 English Learners to establish a firm foundation for academic success; and
WHEREAS, bilingualism builds trust and understanding across languages and culture groups in Delaware, across the nation, and around the world; and
WHEREAS, the demand continues to increase for employees to have high levels of multi-language proficiency in low, medium and high-skilled jobs and careers locally, regionally and globally;
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 149th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor, that a Delaware Certificate of Multi-literacy be established to recognize a high school student who has attained a high level of proficiency in one or more world languages in addition to English. The Delaware Certificate of Multi-literacy shall be voluntary and awarded to high school students who meet the criteria established by the Delaware Department of Education. The certificate shall carry an official seal and will be provided for students beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The Department of Education will communicate the criteria and the guidance on the process to award the certificates to the school districts and charter schools by August 30, 2017.
Released: 03/21/2017 09:15 AM
SYNOPSIS: This resolution requires a Delaware Certificate of Multi-literacy be established. The criteria for such certificate is to be developed by the Department of Education no later than August 30, 2017.