The Class of 2017 in the Long Beach Unified School District earned 895 State Seals of Biliteracy. The seals recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing one or more languages in addition to English.
Statewide, more than 46,000 students earned the seals this year.
“While fluency in more than one language has always been an admirable skill, biliteracy is increasingly important to employment in an international and global context,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said.
California began the biliteracy seal program in 2012. Since then, more than 20 other states have adopted similar programs. In 2016, California received an award from the U.S. Department of Education in recognition as a national leader in promoting multilingualism.
LBUSD’s high school graduates this year earned 24 seals for American Sign Language, 11 for Chinese, 111 for French, 28 for German, four in Italian, 62 for Japanese, three for Khmer, one for Korean and 651 for Spanish.