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82 District of Columbia Students Earn The Global Seal Of Biliteracy In Hebrew

Washington, D.C. – The Global Seal of Biliteracy has been awarded to 82 middle and high school students from the  Washington, D.C area. The students received the Global Seal for scores they earned in Hebrew reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The recipients attend two Jewish day schools: Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS), a K-12 school, and Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (Milton), a Pre-K-8 school. Fifty-three students from CESJDS and twenty-nine students from Milton have received Global Seals of Biliteracy. An additional five students were from local public schools. These students all took the STAMP test through Avant Assessment.  

“We are thrilled to recognize our first awardees in English and Hebrew,” said Linda Egnatz, Global Seal of Biliteracy Executive Director. “It will be exciting to see these students use their language credentials to receive college credit and apply for scholarships. We also know that their certified language skills will maximize their future career opportunities.” Students who graduate high school with the Global Seal of Biliteracy are eligible for college academic credits because the Seal highlights their language skill accomplishments. Supported by hard data, biliterate Hebrew-language students now have national and international recognition of their proficiency in Hebrew.

“Reaching a level of Hebrew proficiency that meets global standards encourages students, teachers, and families to engage seriously in Hebrew language study,” said Arnee Winshall, CEO of Hebrew at the Center. “We hope that the new Global Seal of Biliteracy for Hebrew will encourage learners, educators, and parents to prioritize and celebrate excellence in Hebrew language study, and thereby ensure the vibrancy of modern Hebrew for years to come.”

About the Global Seal of Biliteracy: The Global Seal of Biliteracy is a language credential that can be awarded to anyone, student or adult, from any state or country, that has met the criteria on one of its qualifying tests. The Global Seal of Biliteracy organization was founded and sponsored by Avant Assessment. It has an independent Board of Advisors made up of K-12 and higher education faculty, as well as second language acquisition and assessment researchers from across the country who advise and guide the program’s mission. To learn more about the Global Seal of Biliteracy, visit TheGlobalSeal.com. Go to AvantAssesment.com to read more about the individual students who earned the awards.

About Hebrew at the Center: Hebrew at the Center was founded in 2007 with the goal of elevating the teaching and learning of the Hebrew language. Inspired by the common understanding and foundational principle that teachers are at the heart of a successful education, HATC adopted a proficiency approach to teaching Hebrew that focuses on developing students’ authentic ability to function in the language in real life. Since its founding, HATC has brought a proficiency and assessment-based approach to more than 55 schools throughout North America and has trained over 400 educators.

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