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Updated Seal of Biliteracy Criteria and Recommendations for Assessing Oral Language Proficiency for Languages Other than English

Jan | 2018


Since California implemented the first State Seal of Biliteracy Program in the nation in 2012, thirty other states plus the DC Public Schools have implemented their own Seal of Biliteracy patterned after California. This means 60% of the nation recognizes and honors seniors for their linguistic talents and proficiency in English and one or more other languages.

In this last legislative session, a new bill was passed and signed by the governor to update the California Seal of Biliteracy criteria.  State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, sent out a letter to all Superintendents informing them of the new procedures and criteria on November 7, 2017.

The new criteria established:

  • The level required on the 11th grade CAASPP English Language Arts assessment

  • Eligibility for the Seal of Biliteracy to those language communities without a written language

  • Any successor English language proficiency assessment results as criteria for English Learners (meaning the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and

  • A standard for oral proficiency when qualifying by taking a fourth year of a world language (including Native Speakers courses) with an overall 3.0 GPA or above in that course of study.

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Workshop: Integrated and Designated English Language Development (ELD) What Does it Really Look Like?”

Jan | 2018

Presented by:

Laurie Olsen, Ph.D, Strategic Advisor of the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) Initiative, author researcher

Heather Skibbins, Training Supervisor of the SEAL model, Project GLAD trainer


Wednesday February 28, 2018
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 637-0455

8:00 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m – 3:00 p.m. Workshop

Targeted for: 
District and Site Administrators, ELD and Literacy Coaches, ELD and Content Teacher Leaders,  Grade level teams planning and implementing integrated thematic units with ELD Grade K-5

To register, click here

Workshop: Beyond Teaching English: Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students

Dec | 2017

Beyond Teaching English:
Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students

January 17, 2018
9 am – 3 pm

California Community Foundation
Joan Palevsky Center
Los Angeles, CA

Californians Together invites you to attend a convening of school districts and local and statewide education community partners to highlight the results of the report, “Beyond Teaching English: Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students,” by Julie Sugarman of the Migration Policy Institute. … Read More.