Curriculum/Instruction and Research
Graciela García-Torres, Curriculum Specialist
Assembly Bill 815 (effective 1/1/12) established the State Seal of Biliteracy for eligible high school seniors in California's public schools. This law lists all criteria that a student must meet in order to demonstrate that they have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English and one or more languages.
In order to be eligible for the State Seal of Biliteracy, students must meet all of the following criteria:
- Complete all English-Language Arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above in those classes.
Pass a locally determined assessment at the "proficient" level in English-Language Arts set for native English speakers administered at grade eleven or pass an existing passing California Standards Test in ELA at the "proficient" level given in grade ten.
- Demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages—in addition to English—by accomplishing one of the following:
- Score three or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination.
- Score four or higher on an International Baccalaureate foreign language examination.
- Score of 600 or higher on the Scholastic Assessment Test II foreign language examination.
- Score at the "proficient" level or higher on a school district language examination that, at a minimum, assesses speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English.
- Successfully complete a four-year high school course of study in a world (foreign) language and attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study.
If the student has a primary language other than English, they must meet the criteria in items 1–3 above and also obtain a score of Early Advanced or above on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).
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