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State pilots Oregon Biliteracy Seal program

This year, 450 Oregon graduates will earn the state’s first ever biliteracy seal as part of a pilot program in seven Oregon school districts and one charter school. Oregon Biliteracy Seal recognizes the linguistic assets and academic skills of biliterate graduates and provides colleges and employers with a consistent measure of language proficiency.

“In our multicultural, multilingual world, biliteracy is a huge asset,” Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton said. “This seal demonstrates to our students that their ability to communicate in more than one language is valued by their school, state, higher education partners, and employers. Our students should feel great pride in their bilingualism and biliteracy, and this seal is an important step in sending that message to students, families, and communities.”

Earning an Oregon Biliteracy Seal indicates that a student has gained academic proficiency in reading, listening, speaking and writing in more than one language. While the majority of students demonstrated biliteracy in English and Spanish, other languages included Chinese, French, Russian, German, Vietnamese, Japanese, Ukranian, Korean, Somali, Swahili and Amharic.

ODE piloted the new state Biliteracy Seal in collaboration with the Corvallis, Medford, North Clackamas, Portland Public, Salem Keizer, West Linn-Wilsonville and Woodburn school districts and the Four Rivers Community School in Ontario.

Results of the pilot program will be reviewed this summer and a stakeholder panel will convene in September to finalize criteria and policies for adoption by the Oregon Board of Education this fall. The criteria adopted by the Board of Education will frame the requirements of the Oregon Biliteracy Seal that will be available to all qualifying graduates in spring 2016.

Math camp offers SAT test help

A free 8-day math camp is being offered at Harvest Community Church, 21235 N.W. Quatama Road, Beaverton, in August. Camp dates are Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 17-20, 1 to 4 p.m. Registrants must be high school students and must bring a copy of “The Official SAT Study Guide Second Edition.”

More details and registration forms are available by contacting mathcamp@outlook.com.

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