Calif. recognizes students who speak more than one language

04/3/2011 | Monterey County Herald (Calif.), The

A California district is the latest to sign on to a statewide program that awards bilingual and multilingual students with a special diploma. The state's Seal of Biliteracy recognizes students who maintain academic standards in English and demonstrate mastery in another language through standardized tests, district exams or two years of language study. "It's so important to be trilingual, biliterate. It really helps you. It gives you a bigger chance of getting a job," said senior Fatima Barron, who speaks three languages.

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