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State Board of Education
Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 131]
Action Comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation
Comment Period Ends 9/11/2013
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9/9/13  6:14 pm
Commenter: Jennifer Carson, Virginia Foreign Language Supervisors Association

In support of a Biliteracy Seal

The Virginia Foreign Language Supervisors Association supports a Biliteracy seal to recognize the proficiency of high school graduates in two or more world languages (one being English.) Currently, only New York and California offer a Biliteracy Seal; by choosing to add this seal to the diplomas of high school graduates within the Commonwealth of Virginia, we would cast ourselves as a leader in second language acquisition.

A Biliteracy Seal would benefit foreign language learners, communicating to colleges that they are prepared for upper level study as they have mastered the academic language needed for higher level discourse in two or more languages. Hopefully, this would lead to an increase in the numbers of students majoring in a foreign language, and consequently the quantity and quality of K-12 foreign language teachers, often in short supply. Further, the seal would signal to prospective employers that these students possess the skills to be successful in the global marketplace. In addition, a Biliteracy Seal would serve to acknowledge the literacy skills of English Language Learners in English as well as their heritage language.