• Lockport Township High School ~ World Languages and Cultures

     

    Students and Parents/Guardians:

     

    This letter is to notify you of a new district program known as, The  Seal of Biliteracy,  which

    provides recognition to high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.

     

    Lockport Township High School will begin participating in this new  district program in the 2015-16  school year.   In order for students to be considered candidates for the seal of biliteracy,  they must meet or be on track for  meeting the established criteria for the award. Once the criteria have been met,  students will receive the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.  The criteria are as follows:  

     

    • AP students may use their AP scores of 4 or better (if taken before Senior year)  and “meets or exceeds”  standards on the PSAE/PARCC exams.
    • Non -AP students need to pass the four exams in the proficiency areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening along with” meets or exceeds” standards on the PSAE/PARCC exams.                                      

    In the Spring, students will be given information regarding registration, costs and website information in order to participate in achieving the District 205  Seal of Biliteracy.

    Thank you for your continued support of the World Languages and Cultures Department at Lockport Township High School.

    *Please see reverse side for additional details.

    Sharon Gerdes

    Department Chairperson

    World Languages and Cultures

    sgerdes@lths.org  

    815.588.8532

    What is the “Seal of Biliteracy?”

    The Seal of Biliteracy is a national initiative to recognize high school graduates who have achieved a high level of proficiency in English as well as a second language. Students  will have their language proficiency documented on their High School Transcripts.  

    Students must successfully demonstrate significant progress toward achieving  a high level of proficiency in English and in speaking, listening, reading and writing in another language.

    The Seal of Biliteracy certifies the attainment of these skills sufficient for meaningful use in college and a career.   Lockport Township High School will be issuing its District 205 Seal of Biliteracy* on students’ transcripts beginning June, 2016.  

    *Even though the District 205 Seal of Biliteracy has the same requirements as the State Seal of biliteracy, LTHS only offers the District 205 Seal at this time.

    LTHS - Spring 2016 plan -

    • Freshmen Center Students -  students enrolled in French, German, Japanese and Spanish will be given the opportunity to take the “Reading Portion” of the exams.  Each year, students can take the next portion of the exam and/or retake  the “reading exam” so that by the time they are seniors, they will have the opportunity to pass all four exams.
    • Juniors who are enrolled in the AP French, German, Japanese or Spanish may use their AP scores of 4 or above in order to demonstrate proficiency along with a “meet” or “exceeds standards” on the PSAE/PARCC exams.
    • Seniors who are enrolled in the AP French, German, Japanese or Spanish will have to take all four exams in the Spring as the recognition must occur before they graduate along with a “meet” or “exceeds standards” on the PSAE/PARCC exams.
    • Spanish for Native Speakers - students enrolled in this class will also be eligible to take all four exams in the Spring along with a “meet” or “exceeds standards” on the PSAE/PARCC exams.

    Our plan will include orientation of the initiative among students in the World Languages classes, practice information,  and administration of the exams. (Freshmen will complete the exam during their WLC class and Juniors and Seniors will be given the exams after school.)  Our department will provide  students and parents information regarding dates, costs and testing in the second semester.  Our goal is to recognize students who demonstrate exemplary achievements in academic studies in a second language and English.

    Thank you for your continued support of the World Languages and Cultures Department at Lockport Township High School.

    Sharon Gerdes, Department Chairperson

    World Languages and Cultures

    sgerdes@lths.org   ~ 815.588.8532

     

    Links to APPLL testing site - http://aappl.actfl.org/

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