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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.)
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.
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.