New State Award Recognizes Maine Students’ Bilingual Proficiency

Students across Maine can now be recognized for being proficient in multiple languages as part of a new initiative from the state’s Department of Education.

The agency announced Monday that beginning in May, it will offer a new award, called the Seal of Biliteracy, that will be featured on student transcripts. To earn the seal, students will need to show proficiency in English and another language. Deering High School student Chris Kombo speaks at a press conference held at the State House on Monday, Oct. 29. 


The department says students can show that in a variety of ways, including attaining high scores on tests like Advanced Placement exams. Education Commissioner Robert Hasson says he hopes the new certification will help incentivize students to take more world language classes — as well as allow students from other countries to demonstrate their abilities.

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