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Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Awards Pilot (MA)
Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Awards Pilot
Join MABE, MATSOL, and MAFLA members in the Language Opportunity Coalition to help develop the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project in Massachusetts. In 2015-16, a working group of Massachusetts ESL, Dual Language, TBE, and World Language educators developed a Seal of Biliteracy Toolkit to support implementation of the Pathway Awards Pilot. Revisions to the guidance document were completed in September 2016, and include lessons learned from the Year 1 Pilot.
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school or school district in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Schools and districts are encouraged to pilot the Bilingual Pathway Awards, recognizing significant steps towards developing biliteracy along a student’s trajectory from preschool into high school and college.
Schools and Districts willing to be part of the 2016-2017 Pilot should follow the following Pilot Implementation criteria:
The standard criteria agreed upon for the Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Awards Pilot must include passing the state standardized assessment for English (MCAS and/or ACCESS) and passing a standardized assessment in the non-English language at an intermediate proficiency level (or higher). A portfolio with examples of language performance of different language competencies is an appropriate alternative formative assessment for assessing proficiency levels. For ELLs, a specific criteria districts/schools may want to consider determining proficiency in the non-English language is the student’s school attendance/history in his/her country of origin. Some districts/schools have additional criteria asking students to demonstrate actual use of two languages, thus strengthening recognition of additional aspects of biliteracy.
The Seal of Biliteracy Workgroup holds monthly online meetings on the 4th Monday of the month from 7-8 pm.
Join the Seal of Biliteracy MA Google Group and send a message to the group stating you would like to get involved.
See the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project page for more information about the project.
Read about Year 1 Pilot of the Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Awards, October 2016
Read about Year 2 Pilot of the Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Awards, June 2017
Read about Year 3 Pilot of the Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Awards, 2018
Read about implementation efforts across the US - The Seal of Biliteracy: Variations in Policy and Outcomes
Examples of District Announcements, 2015-2016
MABE Conference, March 19. 2016 Presentation: MA, RI and CT Panel "Lessons Learned Advocating for the Seal of Biliteracy"
MABE Conference, March 25, 2017 Presentation: Promoting the Seal of Biliteracy: The Massachusetts Model of Collaboration, Kim Talbot & Nicole Sherf
Promoting the Seal of Biliteracy Handout