EHS graduate Yahaira Perez earned both a Silver Kansas Seal of Biliteracy and a Global Seal of Biliteracy for demonstrating her ability to read, write, speak and listen to both English and Spanish through a series of tests.
“They’re pretty difficult tests,” EHS teacher Jeremy Johnson said. “They are designed to show that the student is ready to succeed in further education and/or the workplace in both languages.”
Perez is the first student from El Dorado to receive the recognition since its implementation in Kansas in 2016.
The biliteracy seal initiative originated in California schools in 2008 and the Seal of Biliteracy was officially adopted in 2011.
In 2015, four national organizations collaborated to create national guidelines for the Seal of Biliteracy: The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), and TESOL International Association.
Since 2016, the number of Kansas districts participating has grown from 10 to 31 and has expanded from four languages to ten.
More information about the initiative can be found on the Kansas State Department of Education website: www.ksde.org.