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NEARLY 20 SENIORS GRADUATE WITH SEAL OF BILITERACY FOR FIRST TIME IN QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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June 19, 2019

  

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NEARLY 20 SENIORS GRADUATE WITH SEAL OF BILITERACY FOR FIRST TIME IN QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Students Earn Awards Recognizing High Level of Proficiency in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing in One or More Languages Other Than English.

 

CENTREVILLE, MD– Nearly 20 members of the Class of 2019 in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) earned the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy this spring. Seven seniors from Queen Anne’s County High School and 12 seniors from Kent Island High School were among the school system’s first set of graduates to earn the award.

 

“I am so excited for our students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy, which indicates they are prepared to be competitive in our global society,” QACPS Superintendent Dr. Andrea Kane said.

 

Six additional seniors may be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy after receiving Advanced Placement exam results in July. The Maryland Seal of Biliteracyis an award given by participating school systems that recognize a student’s high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages other than English.

 

The Seal of Biliteracy began in California in 2011 and is now offered in 35 states and Washington, DC. Maryland’s Seal of Biliteracy Bill was signed into law in 2016. Queen Anne’s County Public Schools became the 18th school system in Maryland to award the Seal of Biliteracy in 2019.

 

To receive the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy, students must pass the Maryland High School Assessment in English, and demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English as measured by assessments aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages proficiency guidelines.

 

QACPS students can earn the Seal of Biliteracy by receiving an AP foreign language exam score of 4 or 5, or by passing the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in a foreign language with a minimum score of I-5 in categories of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Lori Heggelke, World Languages Department Chair, and Stacey Rankin, Academic Dean, championed the program at Kent Island High School while Tracy Kenna, Academic Dean, championed student participation at Queen Anne’s County High School.

 

For students to be eligible to earn the Seal of Biliteracy, both high schools needed to participate. Seniors earned the designation on their high school transcripts, a medal of honor and a gold seal on their diplomas. 

 

“It’s a really big deal,” said Michael Bell, QACPS Supervisor of Instruction. “The Seal of Biliteracy announces to all colleges and future employers that our students are proficient in a foreign language and biliterate, fluent, in two different languages. That’s a huge selling point and a tremendous accomplishment for these students.”

 

Bell interviewed several students at both high schools about what earning the Seal means to them. Watch video of students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy at Kent Island High School: https://youtu.be/HIwO5b8nDlQ. View video of students who received the Seal of Biliteracy at Queen Anne’s County High School: https://youtu.be/7_KMMUSdQnc. See Dr. Kane congratulate all QACPS students who earned the Seal of Biliteracy:https://youtu.be/DaGZGDIrvgU

 

 Interview

Pictured (attached) is Michael Bell interviewing Miguel Cardenas at QACHS. 

Biliteracy winners
Giselle Dye (left) with Jessica Giron (right), KIHS at Graduation with their Medals.

the medal

The Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Medal.

 

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