More high school students graduated with a State Seal of Biliteracy in 2015 than ever before, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced last week.
In 2012, California was the first in the nation to create the program, and it has since been emulated across the country. The program recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
“Becoming multilingual is a huge asset in today’s global economy, so I applaud the rising numbers of students attaining high levels of proficiency in multiple languages,” Torlakson said. “These skills will help students to live, work, and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual, and highly connected world.”
The State Seal of Biliteracy was established by Assembly Bill 815. Since then, 11 states and Washington D.C. have started their own state seal of biliteracy programs.
In 2015, approximately 31,816 graduating California public high school students earned the biliteracy gold seal, which was affixed to their diplomas, for achieving proficiency in more than one language. This is nearly three times as many as the 10,685 reported in 2012.
Of the total number of gold seals issued in 2015, 67.6 percent were for Spanish, 9.5 percent for French, 5.6 percent for Mandarin, 2 percent for German, 1.9 percent for Japanese, 1.7 percent for Latin, 1.3 percent for Korean, 0.8 percent for Vietnamese, and 0.3 percent were for Cantonese.
For more information, visit www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp.
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