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. – May 13, 2021 – The Elk Grove Unified School District finds the outcome of 498 graduating seniors who earned the 2021 California State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) outstanding and reflective of a globally minded staff and student body. For 2021, 10 percent of graduates were awarded the seal, compared to 8.9 percent in 2020 and 8.7 percent in 2019. Valley High School had the largest percentage, with 15.3 percent of seniors who earned the seal. Additionally, students all across the county who achieved the seal were able to apply for a $1,000 scholarship through CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education). 226 students applied, and Selena Enriquez from Elk Grove High School was selected as one of three recipients of the scholarship.
Garrett Lebsock, Program Specialist in English Learner Services, is quoted saying “For the seniors who earned the State Seal of Biliteracy this year, it is an incredible achievement, and an example of the cultural diversity and multilingualism that makes the Elk Grove community a wonderful place. The Elk Grove Unified School District continues to emphasize and elevate the assets our multilingual learners bring to our classrooms, schools and communities as a whole. We know, and strongly believe, that all students benefit from the promotion of different cultures, along with multilingualism. It was an honor to be able to share in this with these amazing young adults as they begin to conclude one chapter, and look ahead to the next.”
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 thousands of local high school seniors for this achievement.
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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