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Recognition of Bilingual Ability 

Masako
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1/25/2022
Masako
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Hello. What does your school do to recognize your students' bilingual and biliteracy ability? Is there any positive effect of this recognition at school, on your students, such as an increase of learning motivation, better attendance and so on?
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3/4/2022
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Hello. The Bulgarian School of Seattle I represent is a partner school of ABSA-The Association of Bulgarian Schools in America. ABSA is providing ALTA testing to recognize students' language proficiency. It measures the most critical piece, productive skills of speaking and writing. In our research of many other tests, ALTA is the only one being offered to test Bulgarian language proficiency. The productive score (Speaking and Writing) is at the level of the Seal (Intermediate-High). Based on their belief in access and equity for the less common languages like Bulgarian, the Global Seal (and some states) are able to use the productive test scores as proxy for the much more costly receptive skills to test. This has been recognized as a HUGE learning motivation to our students!!
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4/14/2022
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An example of how learning at CBHL schools help students access to scholarship and other opportunities
ACTFL program, 2022 Lead with Languages Teacher Scholarship Program, provides merit-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are committed to pursuing the language teaching profession in languages other than English. Scholars are awarded $1,500 per academic year (renewable for a cumulative total of up to $6,000 per recipient), as well as ACTFL membership during their participation in the program and for one year following graduation. One of the eligibility requirements to apply is that students have taken at least two years of the same language in high school, or present documentation of proficiency results from an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), the ACTFL Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency (AAPPL), or any comparable assessment.
High school students at CBHL schools mostly have learned their heritage languages since Kindergarten, so they satisfy the eligibility requirement. If they have a credential such as the Global Seal of Biliteracy (GSB) at CBHL high school, they can easily present their proficiency level in their application. As this ACTFL scholarship eligibility requirement appears to be a good example, GSB provides access to apply for a scholarship, to earn advanced placement at colleges, and to many other opportunities.
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4/25/2022
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Colleges that recognize the Global Seal of Biliteracy and the State Seal of Biliteracy
The number of colleges that recognize the Global Seal of Biliteracy and the State Seal of Biliteracy has been increasing every year. Information about the colleges that recognize these credentials for advanced placement is listed here.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DUDMMU1jXgG8EsEp6KqJdSJrPU1ut3Ba/view?usp=sharing
edited by Masako on 4/27/2022
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11/4/2022
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Webinar video

※This video is very helpful to understand what State and Global Seal of Biliteracy credentials are for CBHLS students and how to receive these credentials.
“Creating Successful Pathway to Proficiency through Assessment in Community-Based Heritage Language Schools”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qlpVp_FIms
Join Avant MORE Learning and the Coalition of Community-Based Language Schools as we welcome expert panelists and facilitators - Linda Egnatz, Masako Douglas, Eva Prionas, Dawn Samples and Joy Peyton for an engaging, interactive discussion! Presenters will share key information and address questions that schools have pertaining to creating successful pathways to proficiency in their programs, such as: What might this pathway look like in a given program? What tests are used and what do they measure? Who should take the tests and why? What are best practices in preparing learners to take the test? What will learners gain by testing for proficiency? How does the Global Seal of Biliteracy support pathways to proficiency?
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11/7/2022
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(Cited from AVANT Face Book)

This is so exciting for language learners at The University of Texas at Arlington! Students are able to earn up to 14 UTA credits with Avant STAMP tests or their Global Seal of Biliteracy. This will open up pathways to higher education for language learners of all backgrounds. We couldn't be more excited for the UTA Department of Modern Languages to implement this for their students!





















edited by Masako on 11/7/2022
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21 days ago
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AVANT developed several new language assessments. That means these assessments can be taken for recognition of the Global Seal of Biliteracy.

(From Avant Newsletter)
New Language Assessments
We are very excited to announce the launch of several new language assessments. We recently launched the Receptive (interpretive) test of ASL and will release the Expressive (productive) section soon. We are proud to have partnered with Bridges Oregon, a non-profit organization supporting the deaf and hard of hearing and a leader in delivering and rating ASL interpreter assessments. In addition to helping Avant develop the test, Bridges personnel will support the rating of the tests. In addition, we recently launched the STAMP WS test in Ukrainian and Cabo Verdean and will launch STAMP for Latin soon.

Avant STAMP Recommended for College CreditWe are very honored that the American Council on Education (ACE) recently recommended all STAMP tests to qualify students for college credit. ACE is the same educational body that has provided credit recommendations to institutions of higher education for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations, Cambridge Assessments, and ACT subject tests. This year we have seen an increasing number of universities integrate STAMP credits into their language programs through the development of pathways. A recent addition is the University of Texas at Arlington which released this announcement.
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There was a very informative webinar “Promoting Student Engagement: For Parents and Community members.” This webinar lead by Linda Egnatz focused on recognition of bilingual ability of the students at community-based heritage language schools (CBHLS). The webinar focused on parents and community members of the CBHLS.
The webinar was very helpful to understand:
  • What is the State and Global Seal of Biliteracy, and how different are they from each other;
  • Benefits of earning the State and Global Seal of Biliteracy;
  • How CBHLS help their students earn these credentials;
  • How to obtain these credentials;
  • What parents should do with their children’s schools to obtain the State Seal of Biliteracy;
  • What parents can do to increase their children’s language ability at home.

Please share this information with the parents at your schools.
Here is the link to the webinar video: https://youtu.be/35zkrbTrjzk
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