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Seal of Biliteracy Results by Andrew Matteo & Karen Vander Leest
Seal of Biliteracy Results: Profile of a Ramsey Graduate in Action
By Andrew Matteo, Director of Curriculum &
Karen Vander Leest, Supervisor of World Languages 9-12
We are proud to share that 34 Ramsey High School students have satisfied the requirement to earn the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy. The New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes graduating high school seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more world languages in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy includes a certificate prepared by the New Jersey Department of Education, as well as an image on the official transcript. In addition to honoring the multiple cultures and languages of our community, the Seal provides evidence of linguistic skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. As the world increasingly becomes more global, the need for employees with bilingual, multilingual, and cross-cultural skills also increases. Students can earn the Seal in many languages including: Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. This exciting opportunity will be available to current 11th grade students this spring and again in the fall of their 12th grade year.
Students can earn a New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy by:
- Demonstrating the targeted proficiency level of “Intermediate Mid” in a language other than English on a state-approved language assessment and;
- Demonstrating proficiency in English by meeting the N.J. English Language Arts graduation requirements
This program aligns with many of the competencies outlined in our Profile of a Ramsey Graduate:
- Content Mastery: Students draw upon a deep level of content knowledge to transfer skills to a non-rehearsed context.
- Critical Thinking & Communication: Students are immersed in another language demonstrate communication skills in all four domains: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
- Self-Direction, Empathy & Academic Mindset: Self-nomination promotes goal-setting along a growth continuum and a positive outlook towards linguistic and cross-cultural skills.
- Adaptability: The adaptive test provides an opportunity to tackle a complicated challenge. Many students demonstrated perseverance by retaking a section in order to raise their level of proficiency.
Open to all graduating seniors with skills in another language, the Seal of Biliteracy also reaffirms our commitment to Achieving Excellence through Equity and Enhancing the Student Experience.