The Number of Elk Grove Unified Graduating Students Earning a California State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) Mark of Distinction for Foreign Language Ability Remains Steady
ELK GROVE, Calif. – October 25, 2019 – The Elk Grove Unified School District finds the outcome of 406 graduating seniors who earned the 2019 California State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) outstanding and reflective of a globally minded staff and student body. For 20I9, 8.5 percent of graduates were awarded the seal, compared to 9.9 percent in 2018 and 8.9 percent in 2017. Laguna Creek High School had the largest percentage, with 20.8 percent of seniors who earned the seal. Lucy Bollinger, Director of English Learner Services, is quoted saying “Our district will continue to work on realizing its vision of creating Pre-K 12 pathways for biliteracy, and the State Seal of Biliteracy is a vital component of that vision. In Elk Grove Unified School District, we are committed to equipping our students with the world languages to engage and find success with the diverse cultures and languages in our state and all over the world.”
This award was established in 2011 to provide recognition to students who have demonstrated fluency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Fluency in English is demonstrated by completing all English-language arts (ELA) requirements for graduation with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above and by passing the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in ELA at the “standard met” level in grade 11. Students whose Primary Language is not English must also achieve the “Well Developed” level on the English Language Proficiency Assessment of California.
Proficiency in a language other than English is demonstrated by successfully completing a four-year high school course of study in a foreign language with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above or by passing an SAT, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Sacramento County of Education exam demonstrating proficiency.
Students receive special recognition in the form of an official insignia on their high school diplomas and on their transcripts. Additionally, each student will receive a certificate of recognition and a letter from the Superintendent offering congratulations on this personal accomplishment. In May of this year, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) recognized hundreds of local high school seniors for this achievement.
Note: Four students opted not to disclose their names publicly.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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