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Woodland High School graduates earn seal of biliteracy

The Columbian
Published: August 5, 2023, 5:49am

WOODLAND — Graduates from Woodland High School earned the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy in recognition of their ability to attain proficiency in English and one or more additional world languages. Students who meet the requirements receive a seal on their high school diploma and on their high school transcripts indicating their achievement.

“This year marks a significant milestone for Woodland High School as it is the first time that some students received the seal of biliteracy on their diplomas,” said Carlotta Propersi, a multilingual teacher at the high school. “These eight students took on the challenge to showcase their language abilities and earn this prestigious distinction.”

More than 60 students signed up for the STAMP Avant test, which assesses listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in a foreign language.

“We had students take the test in a variety of languages including Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Ukrainian, Russian, American Sign Language, and French,” said Propersi. “The availability of the test in multiple languages ensures inclusivity and provides newcomers with an opportunity to earn language credits in their native tongue.”

This year’s recipients carried special meaning for Propersi, who has known them since they were third-graders. “It has been such a wonderful opportunity to know these students over the years and watch them grow and thrive as the young adults they have become.”