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D33 Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy

West Chicago School district has made the commitment to biliteracy and bilingualism for all students enrolled in the dual language program.  The State of Illinois also sees the value in acquiring a second language and therefore established the Seal of BIliteracy in 2013.

The State Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition given to graduating seniors who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in English and a second language.  Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in both languages. The Seal is affixed to the diploma and designated on the transcript. 

The Second Language Learners Committee will investigate a pathway to establish a Seal of Biliteracy at the middle school which will align to the expectations established at the high school level.  The goal of the committee is to award this designation during the 2018-2019 school year.  The culmination of the students’ hard work in learning and maintaining two languages will be recognized on the students’ transcript upon graduating from the middle school. 

Currently, the State of Illinois does not give the Seal of Biliteracy at the middle school or elementary levels.  Therefore, WC33 will be in the forefront in establishing this designation for our dual language learners.

It is the goal of the SLL committee to establish a pathway towards earning this designation at the elementary and middle school and then officially at the high school level.    


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