On September 25, 2018 The LSR7 Board of Education approved a resolution to adopt the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards Program. The Lee’s Summit R7 School District will implement a progression of Pathway Awards from kindergarten through middle school recognizing benchmarks towards biliteracy. Graduating seniors will be eligible to attain The Seal of Biliteracy (SOBL), a state program which honors students who demonstrate proficiency in English and a second language. The honor will appear on students’ diplomas and transcripts. The seal will designate to potential employers that the student is bilingual, a sought-after skill in today’s workforce.
“The program was introduced by the state just last fall,” said Robin Villa, LSR7 Modern Language Department Chair and SOBL Co-Coordinator. “This designation will assist our students when applying for college admissions and scholarship, and can provide up to 12 hours of college credit hours at some universities.”
The district will award the Lee’s Summit R7 Seal of Biliteracy or the Lee’s Summit R7 Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy to students who complete the requirements for a high school diploma and who meet all of the following requirements:
- A score of proficient or advanced in ELA on a District-approved standardized assessment.
- A score of proficient or advanced on an assessment aligned with the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency guidelines.
- A demonstration of sociocultural competence as it relates to English and a language other than English.
Mastery of two or more languages makes important contributions to a student’s cognitive development, understanding of diverse cultures and economic opportunities.
Through the establishment of this Seal of Biliteracy, the district seeks to encourage students to develop biliteracy skills, provide employers with a method of identifying people with these language skills, promote modern language instruction in our schools, and recognize and honor our rich and diverse language heritage.