New York Becomes Second State to Recognize Biliteracy - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers
Lesli A. Maxwell on August 1, 2012 5:05 PM
New York has now joined California to offer a special "seal of biliteracy" to high school graduates who demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other language. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation yesterday making it official.
As you've already read in this space before, California was the first to establish this special recognition for multilingual graduates and just recently reported that more than 10,000 graduates in the class of 2012 had earned the distinction.
Californians Together, a nonprofit group that advocates on behalf of English-language learners, conceived of the biliteracy seal and has been a strong advocate for other states to adopt a special recognition of students with multilingual skills, including those who demonstrate proficiency in American Sign Language. The seal is intended for all students, including ELLs.
Will this catch on in other states? Certainly, California and New York are often trend setters when it comes to public policy, and, with a growing interest and commitment to developing bilingual citizens in states such as Utah, I think the answer is probably yes.
Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.
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