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Twin Rivers Unified School District awards the Seal of Biliteracy in accordance with criteria developed by the California Department of Education. The award recognizes students who can speak, read and write in English and in one or more other languages to a degree that is equivalent to four years of world language instruction. Students attaining the State Seal of Biliteracy receive a medallion in their senior year and a certificate that verifies bilingualism to potential employers. The Seal of Biliteracy is noted on the high school diploma and in the commencement program as well.
 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the State Seal of Biliteracy, students must meet all of the following criteria:
 
1.       Complete all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above in those classes.
2.       Pass a locally determined assessment (i.e., California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP) at the "proficient" level in English language arts set for native English speakers.
3.       Demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages—in addition to English—by accomplishing one of the following:
a.       Score three or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination.
b.       Score four or higher on an International Baccalaureate foreign language examination.
c.       Score of 600 or higher on the Scholastic Assessment Test II foreign language examination.
d.       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.
e.       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 students have 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).
 

Language Exam

SCOE offers a language exam option for students who have no language course or assessment offered at their school. SCOE's assessment process determines oral and written proficiency in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Lao, Punjabi, Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
 
TRUSD will offer the Language Exam on Friday, March 31, 207 at Highlands High School. Interested students need to apply through their school counselor. An application is required to request to take the language exam.
 

Volunteers (non-paid) Needed

We are looking for language experts to participate in the assessment process to rate students (e.g., sit on an oral interview panel, read and score writing samples.)
 
We may need experts in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Lao, Punjabi, Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
 
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with this process this spring, please complete an online application. You will be contacted with any relevant details if your expertise is needed for this year’s process. The application link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017SealofBil_LangExpVolunteers
 
 
Here’s SCOE’s Seal of Biliteracy information… https://www.scoe.net/services/id526/Pages/default.aspx  
 
 

Key dates:

March 17
Prequalified Student Verification applications due to counselor and submit to Jisel Villegas, English Learner Services Department.
March 17
Student Intent to Participate in the language exam applications due to counselor and submit to Jisel Villegas, English Learner Services Department
March 24
Volunteers forms due to Jisel Villegas. Training by SCOE on March 31 at 8 am.
March 31
Language Exam at Highlands High School, 8:30-1:30
April 26
Seal of Biliteracy TRUSD Board recognition by invitation only. 7 PM
May 10
Seal of Biliteracy Recognition Ceremony by invitation only from SCOE. 4-6PM
 
 

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SEAL K-3 Literacy Program

The Sobrato Early Academic Language Model (SEAL) is designed as a comprehensive model of intensive, enriched language and literacy education designed for English Language Learners, starting in preschool and continuing through third grade. It was designed by D. Laurie Olsen, a national expert in English Language Learner education.  A national advisory group provided initial input, and continues to advise the project as the model evolves. TRUSD implement the program at two elementary sites in 2016-17.