SCOE to Award 256 Students with Seal of Multilingual Proficiency

For Immediate Release – October 26, 2017

Contacts:  Debra Boggs, Director K-12 Literacy, 238-1305
                  Judy Boring, Communications Coordinator, 238-1709

SEAL certificate

Since 2010, SCOE’s Instructional Support Services Division, in cooperation with local school districts, has made an award available to high school juniors and seniors that recognizes proficiency in English and at least one other world language. Called the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency, SCOE was the first county office of education in the nation to adopt the program.  This year, 256 students will be recognized for earning the seal and can cite that achievement for college admission, scholarship applications and job resumes.  The Seal of Multilingual Proficiency Recognition event is slated for Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I Street, Modesto.    

According to Debra Boggs, who oversees the program at SCOE, students must complete a highly rigorous process to demonstrate proficiency in languages. They must:

  • Submit a LinguaFolio (a structured portfolio submitted by the student)
  • Be interviewed in English and other language(s)
  • Provide an on-demand writing sample in the target language

“Being proficient in multiple languages enhances a student's education and value in the market place,” said Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon.  “Our economy is tied to that of other nations, and Californians who can participate across international borders bring strength and potential to this State's global enterprises.”