States encourage bilingualism with diploma seals – Winston

AP Bilingual Education Diploma Seals

AP Bilingual Education Diploma Seals

Corvallis High School student Eduardo Ramirez tries out the stole he and his classmates will wear at graduation this year in Corvallis, Ore. Ramirez is in the first batch of students who have taken dual immersion classes each year since the program started in 2001. The diplomas of these students will reflect the added distinction, an embossed seal certifying that he or she is bilingual based on their proficiency in English and Spanish. The honor is part of a pilot project led by several school districts in the state with dual-language programs, and the Oregon Department of Education plans to make the bilingual seals available statewide next year.



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Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:02 am

States encourage bilingualism with diploma seals

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PORTLAND, Ore. — When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from Corvallis High School this month, her diploma had a little something extra — an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual .

She is one of more than a dozen students at the Oregon high school who earned the distinction based on their proficiency in English and Spanish. The honor is part of a pilot project led by several school districts in the state with dual-language programs, and the Oregon Department of Education plans to make the bilingual seals available statewide next year.

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