113 BLS Students earn Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy!
Highlighting their proficiency in English and other languages, 45 students earn the Seal of Biliteracy, 58 earn the Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction
恭喜！Herzlichen Glückwunsch! ¡Enhorabuena! Félicitations! Congratulazioni! Gratulationes!
Boston Public Schools is participating in the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy for the first time!
The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy award recognizes students who have achieved proficiency in English as well as one or more additional languages, whether it be a native language, a heritage language, or an additional language learned in school or in another setting. It is a statement of accomplishment that helps to signal evidence of a student’s readiness for career and college, and to engage as a global citizen. The Seal, a component of the Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK) Act, which was passed into law in 2017, was available for the first time this year in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy criteria is:
- Meets all graduation requirements
- English Criteria: a minimum score of 240 on the ELA MCAS 2.0 or attainment of a composite score of 4.2 on WIDA ACCESS test AND
- Foreign Language Criteria: attainment of a minimum Intermediate High score on the STAMP Assessment aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines OR Attainment of a score of 4 or higher on the AP Language test/IB Exam
As of June 2019, Boston Latin School proudly has 113 students who qualified with proficiency in English and one or more other languages. 45 students earned the State Seal, and 58 students earned the State Seal with Distinction. Most of the students earned their AP scores last year as juniors.
Congratulations to the students for their hard work during their careers at BLS as well as the teachers in both the Classics Department and Modern Language Department for guiding students to achieve Intermediate and Advanced proficiency levels on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Congratulations to families and friends who have encouraged and fostered the learning of languages at home.
Students qualifying in more than one language plus English:
Joana Avrami Spanish, Latin
Emma Berens Spanish, Latin
Ashley Chou Chinese, Latin
David Flagg Spanish, Latin
Oliveiro Nardin French, German, Italian
Ryan Nie Chinese, Latin
Kevin Qi Chinese, Latin
Christine Shi Spanish, Latin
Susan Tang Chinese, Latin
Jia Yu Chinese, Spanish
Sam Zuniga Spanish, Latin
Seal with Distinction
Xing Yi Chen
Tin Yau Lee
Matthew Q. Wang
Benjamin C. Wong
Thamar Jean Laurent
Jean Azar Tanguay
Miles Dutzik Henricks
Seal of Biliteracy
Maia Dunne Duarte
Rafaela Ugarte Nuñez
Sarah Tannert Lerner
For more information about the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy, go to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Source: MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Posted on June 13, 2019