Seniors recognized for multilingual skills

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More than 60 different languages are spoken throughout Dallas ISD. Being bilingual is a distinct honor and a unique skill set that continues to be in high demand in the workforce. And Dallas ISD students continue to differentiate themselves from other students across the country by receiving state and global recognition for proficiency in a foreign language. This year, more than 1,200 seniors received the Texas Performance Acknowledgement for Bilingualism and Biliteracy, known unofficially as the Texas Seal of Biliteracy. In recognition of their accomplishments, students wore blue and green cords at graduation and will have the acknowledgement listed on their high school transcripts. Dallas ISD also participates in the Global Seal of Biliteracy, which can be earned through proficiency testing. Students can test a native language other than English, or they may test a language they have learned in a foreign language class. This year, more than 570 students qualified for the Global Seal, and at least 200 more recipients are expected once this year’s AP scores are finalized. Currently, both seals are available in more than 100 languages. — From Staff Reports