HUNTLEY – Several Huntley High School graduates have received the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy for their proficiency in two languages, Huntley School District 158 officials said.
Awarded by the Illinois State Board of Education, 26 Huntley High School graduates from the Class of 2016 were chosen as recipients for demonstrating a mastery of English and at least one other language.
Twenty-three Huntley High School graduates were honored with the Commendation of Biliteracy, which is given to graduating high school students who have shown significant progress toward their proficiency in biliteracy.
“Knowing multiple languages is important because the benefits of being biliterate will help you in the long run,” director of curriculum Michelle George said. “Whether it’s for work or for school, [biliteracy] can give people more opportunities.”
To be acknowledged for the seal, English language learners need a composite score of 5.0 along with a 4.2 in both reading and writing in the ACCESS exam. These students must also meet or surpass state standards on the ACT, PARCC or SAT. Students who are native English speakers have to earn a score of 4 or 5 in foreign language on an AP exam to be recognized.
“One of our goals for this year is we will be looking to further expand the biliteracy program and make sure other languages besides Spanish are addressed,” George said.
Huntley High School currently offers its students Chinese and French classes, in addition to Spanish.