FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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CPS Office of Communications
CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools today announced that seven additional schools will offer Dual Language programming beginning in the 2018-19 school year, including the first two high schools to offer full Dual Language programs. Dual Language programs provide students with comprehensive programming to develop literacy skills and fluency in both English and Spanish. By the fall of 2018, a total of 27 schools will offer Dual Language programs in CPS schools.
“CPS is fully committed to expanding academic enrichment opportunities that complement the diverse backgrounds, languages and cultures of our student population and city,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “Expanding Dual Language programming will provide more students with the opportunity to enhance their language skills, develop their cultural literacy, and build the needed skills to pursue their dreams.”
Record Number of Students Achieve the State Seal of Biliteracy
Today’s Dual Language expansion announcement coincides with the District’s 2017 Seal of Biliteracy Award Ceremony, at which a record number of CPS students will be honored for achieving the Seal of Biliteracy. This year, 1,316 CPS students from schools throughout Chicago achieved the Seal of Biliteracy, which is 200 more students than last year.
The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes students who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in English and another language by earning a 4 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) or equivalent score on ISBE-approved language assessments. An additional 857 students will receive the Seal of Commendation, a recognition for students who have demonstrated significant progress toward biliteracy and have earned a 3 on the AP exam or equivalent score on other language assessments. A total of 2,173 students from 77 high schools are graduating with a Seal of Biliteracy or Seal of Commendation in 2017.
Students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy and Seal of Commendation are provided with a seal that appears on their diploma, which is particularly important for both college admissions and future employers. In 2017, CPS students earned the Seal in 12 different languages, including American Sign Language for the first time.
CPS is also the first district in Illinois to create a CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway award to recognize exemplary 5th and 8th graders who are studying world language and enrolled in Dual Language programs. More than one thousand 5th and 8th graders from 58 elementary schools will earn the inaugural Seal of Biliteracy Pathway award.
Dual Language Programming to Reach 27 Schools by 2018
The seven CPS schools that will offer Dual Language programs in the fall of 2018 are building on the success of CPS’ 15 current programs, and the successful planning year for the five schools launching in Fall of 2017. The following schools applied and were selected to begin Dual Language programming in 2018:
Back of the Yards IB High School
Bateman Elementary School
Chase Elementary School
Cooper Elementary School
Darwin Elementary School
Schurz High School
Stowe Elementary School
CPS is expanding Dual Language programming to help students develop strong proficiency in both English and Spanish. Through Dual Language programming, students are able to develop bilingualism, biliteracy and a shared cultural understanding among English learners and native speakers. Dual Language programs integrate both English and Spanish into core instruction to provide immersion into both languages. To support students in their non-native languages, students receive language development instruction in the language they are learning.
“The expansion of dual language programming and rising number of students earning the Seal of Biliteracy speaks volumes about CPS’ commitment to multilingualism” said Jorge Macias, Chief of the CPS Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE). “OLCE will work to provide schools with the best possible supports for English Learners as well as enhanced opportunities to earn college credit for world languages.”
The seven schools were selected after an application process and site visits from OLCE staff, Dual Language principals and Dual Language coordinators to ensure each school would be able to provide students with high quality Dual Language programming after the initial planning year.
CPS supports the unique needs of Dual Language schools by providing professional development to school staff and a part-time Dual Language Coordinator to manage each school’s program. Funding for the program is provided through Title III funds, which is federal funding to support English language learners.
WHAT: Seal of Biliteracy Awards and Dual Language Expansion Announcement
WHEN: Today, Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 PM
IUOE Local 399 Hall
2260 South Grove Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Chicago Public Schools serves 381,000 students in 652 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.