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PVUSD awards the Seal of Biliteracy for the second year.

Students who've studied hard in two language will be honored for their studious ways before the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday.

A total of 46 students will receive the .

The award, now in its second year, was established by the district school board in order to recognize and encourage linguistic proficiency and cultural literacy. Graduating seniors who have met rigorous standards demonstrating competency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in two languages are eligible for the honor, which comes with a medallion, a seal on their high school diploma recognizing their achievements and a notation on their official transcript.

Last year, 24 students received the award. The year, the languages students speak include English, Spanish and French. Students receiving the award in Pajaro Valley meet an exceed the state requirements.

PVUSD was one of the first 33 districts in the state to adopt the Seal of Biliteracy last year. Since then, the seal has become an official state award. 

After the Seal of Bilteracy ceremony, the school board is expected to discuss the scope of that's being considered for the November ballot.

Rebecca Garcia May 24, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Congratulations to the 46 students who received the Seal of Biliteracy. However, it is sad that with a population of over 9,000 English Learners only 46 attained this status. At tonight's PVUSD Board meeting at least five educators/community members spoke about the lack of implementation of the PVUSD English Learners Master Plan. The intent of the Plan is to develop fluent English Language students and fluent Spanish language students. Research illustrates that these biliterate students will be more successful in higher education. The EL Master Plan will be a future agenda item for the Board. It would be an opportunity for community members to advocate for biliteracy.
Cynthia May 26, 2012 at 03:38 AM
That is great to hear. I also hope the district follows through with this plan. Holding ALL schools accountable for following what has been researched and written in this plan. As a bilingual teacher, there has to be a common ground within our district. I am a product of this district and my hope for the future is that more of our students are prepared to become professionals in our own community... Again, thank you for bringing this issue for further discussion.

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