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NPS to Award Seal of Biliteracy

NPS to Award Seal of Biliteracy
Posted on 04/05/2018
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Norwalk Public Schools is pleased to announce that students will have the opportunity to be awarded the Connecticut State Seal of Biliteracy. This honor, established by the State Board of Education, acknowledges that a student has demonstrated mastery of two or more languages. The Seal of Biliteracy also provides recognition to English learners for the great value of developing English and maintaining their primary language.

Students will be eligible to earn the Seal of Biliteracy beginning in this 2017-2018 school year. Those who earn this award will receive The Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas at graduation.

To attain the Seal of Biliteracy, students’ use of the language must be demonstrated, rather than their knowledge about the language. Therefore, a student must demonstrate proficiency in English and another language by meeting specific criteria. Both native and non-native speakers of English must provide comparable evidence of English language proficiency.

For a student whose primary language is not English and proficiency cannot be established using one of the assessment measures, the district will determine a plan for measuring a student’s level of proficiency.

For more information regarding the Seal of Biliteracy, please contact the ELL Instructional Specialist at 203-854-4090 or the Director of Humanities at 203-854-4026.  Or you can visit www.ct.gov/sde or sealofbiliteracy.org.