New program challenges H-D students to achieve bilingualism

KOENEN

A new feature at Hampton-Dumont-CAL High School awards bilingual students for their mastery of multiple languages.

The school district this year began offering the Seal of Biliteracy, a national program that recognizes “students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation,” according to sealofbiliteracy.org.

To earn the designation, students must prove proficient in English, as well as another language, through standardized tests. H-D curriculum director Jen Koenen said that the English requirement is through the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress, the ACT or other state-approved standardized assessments and the Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) covers the world language requisite.

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