Nine De Queen High School seniors recently earned the Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy was first adopted by California in 2011, and as of today, 36 states, including Arkansas, and Washington D.C., have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy.
In order to receive this Seal, a student must have proof of proficiency in English (ACT scores are used or other English standardized exam scores) and another language, which in this case, was Spanish. To show proof of proficiency in Spanish, the students took the AVANT Stamps Exam which consists of the four communicative domains of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each student must score a 5 or higher on all four segments in order to pass this exam.
This is the first time for De Queen High School students to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy. Only nine students applied and all nine proved proficiency in both English and Spanish and were awarded the Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy. There were 275 Arkansas students that earned this Seal this school year. Each student will receive a certificate, as well as a stamped seal on their diploma, showing that he/she has earned this prestigious status. These nine students not only can say that they are bilingual, but now have the Seal of Biliteracy that proves that they are bilingual, which will be an asset when applying for future jobs.