High school seniors in nearly three dozen states walked across the graduation stage last month to receive a diploma with a unique distinction that signifies they are even better positioned for success: a Seal of Biliteracy.
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It’s finally that time of year- school is out! You’ve finished the spring testing season, final report cards are done, and families and teachers are gearing up for summer fun and a well-deserved break from the classroom. But that break can come at a cost: the summer slide.
As the school year comes to an end and high school graduates celebrate their awards and achievements, many will receive a Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma. But is high school too late to be getting students excited about language learning and the Seal of Biliteracy?
The Lower Kuskokwim School District is roughly the size of West Virginia, with 22 schools spread across a remote area of Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. It’s also a region where the native Alaskan language of Yup’ik is still spoken and taught.
The number of states and school districts offering the “Seal of Biliteracy” continues to increase rapidly across the country, providing tremendous opportunity for students who have put the work in to master a second language.
The three keys to training accurate STAMP raters — clear criteria, repetition, and immediate feedback — turned out to be the keys to making proficiency concrete for teachers so they could make the abstract principles of the ACTFL Guidelines come alive in their classrooms.
James Lin’s first ACTFL Conference in 2005 was a lonely time. The foot traffic to his booth for his company, Better Chinese was light. 11 years later, over 1100 ACTFL attendees are offering Chinese to their students. Better Chinese is thriving.
STAMP was originally developed by the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon to meet the need for an online proficiency assessment that was based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
Although STAMP 4Se is a real world proficiency assessment, it uses only questions (items) and content based around daily school and home life for students who are attending an elementary school in the U.S.
The United States is a country of immigrants, but historically the second generation of these immigrants has lost their parents’ language – making our country poorer for it; economically, linguistically and culturally.