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Seal of Biliteracy


Placer Union High School District has approved and adopted The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) for students who have demonstrated mastery in a second language. The SSB is an award given by California in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in English and one or more languages by high school graduation.  California is the first state in the nation to honor high school seniors who demonstrate proficiency in multiple languages by affixing the State Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma or transcripts.  It validates, certifies and encourages students to pursue and attain high level mastery in multiple languages. Below are the requirements for the SSB:

1.   Students must have completed all English–language arts (ELA) requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above in those classes.

2.   Students must pass the California High School Exit Exam in English Language Arts OR achieve a Conditional or Exempt status from the CAASPP/SBAC assessment from grade 11.

3.   Students must demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages other than English through one of the following methods:

a)     Pass a foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) exam, including American Sign Language, with a score of three or higher.

b)    Pass an International Baccalaureate examination with a score of four or higher.

c)     Successfully complete a four-year high school course of study in a foreign language and attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study.

d)    If no AP examination or off-the-shelf language test exists and the district uses its own language examination, the school district must certify to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) that the test meets the rigor of a four-year high school course of study in that foreign language.

e)     If a district offers a language examination in a language in which an AP examination or off-the-shelf examination exists, the district language examination must be approved by the SSPI.

f)     Pass the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) II foreign language exam with a score of 600 or higher.


Note: Interested Students should meet with their counselor to incorporate fulfillment of these requirements into their 4-year plan and to fill out the application in the senior year.


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David Ward,
Jan 24, 2017, 9:26 AM
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