The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) is proud to announce the implementation of the North Dakota Seal of Biliteracy (NDSB) award program. The NDSB is an award presented to graduating students who have demonstrated proficiency in a language in addition to English.
North Dakota joins more than half of the nation in awarding a Seal of Biliteracy. The NDSB is established to recognize students and provide an identifier of this accomplishment for employers and post-secondary institutions. The NDSB serves to inspire the implementation of biliteracy programs and pathways of language development in districts across the state and help districts demonstrate value in diversity/culture.
The NDSB is awarded by the NDDPI according to the specific criteria presented in the attached guidance document. Each student will receive a physical foil seal on their high school diploma, a certificate from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and an identifier on the student's eTranscript. School district participation in the program is completely voluntary.
Please review the attached documents and determine how this program could be implemented in the district. Additional information is available on the NDDPI website.
Does anyone have any tools or strategies to assess less common languages? I wonder if there are easily-understood checklists that volunteers can use to assess student work?
Over 100 high school students earned the "Arkansas Biliteracy Award" certification in October 2017. The Arkansas Biliteracy Committee, a partnership with AFLTA (Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association) and ARKTESOL (Arkansas Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages), is moving forward with data collection and packaging for the "Seal of Biliteracy" proposal this spring. The website is www.ARbiliteracy.org