• For more information on achieving the Seal of Biliteracy here at Parkside, contact Mrs. Harkins at sharkins@wcboe.org

  • Wicomico County Public Schools are proud to offer our students the opportunity to receive the Seal of Biliteracy.

     A Seal of Biliteracy is a state award that recognizes a student’s high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages other than English.  It is awarded to eligible high school students by participating public school systems in Maryland.  The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is to:

    • Recognize the value of language learning in public schools.

    • Encourage students to attain high proficiency levels in one or more languages in addition to English.

    • Affirm native or heritage languages.

    • Provide employers with a method of identifying individuals with language and biliteracy skills.

    • Prepare students with the critical skills necessary to function in a global society.

    • Strengthen cross-cultural communication, affirm the value of diversity and honor the multiple cultures and languages in our communities.

     

  • To be eligible for a Seal of Biliteracy, a student must fulfill the following requirements:
    ~ Meet the Maryland High School Assessment requirements in English for their graduating class.
    ~ Score Intermediate High Proficiency or equivalent on an approved world language assessment.

    Although students may test at any point during high school, the Seal of Biliteracy is not awarded until a student graduates.

    Testing dates for the 2021-2022 school year are:
    Semester 1 Testing ~
    Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (with retesting as needed on Tuesday, January 25, 2022)

    Semester 2 Testing ~
    Tuesday, March 15, 2022 (with retesting as needed on Tuesday, April 12, 2022)

    For more information and to register to test for the Seal of Biliteracy go to www.tinyurl.com/wcpssealofbiliteracy