Illinois is one of 15 states able to offer a seal of biliteracy to high school graduates, and District 204 is now offering the qualifying programs.
High school students in the district will be provided the opportunity to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in four domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Accepted assessments for English include the PARCC and PSAE. Other languages like Spanish, Chinese and French can be tested through AP exams.
“We do have a great amount of students that, on a yearly basis, pass the AP test in a variety of subject areas. So we know those students will automatically qualify,” said Rafael Segarra, Director of ELL Services for Indian Prairie School District 204.
The official seal will be designated on a student’s diploma and transcript with the intent of increasing employment and academic opportunities.
The district is sponsoring four juniors from each high school to test their proficiency this year, with the hope of fully implementing the program for the 2016-17 school year.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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