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New Options to Recieve the Bilingual Seal
Approved append to existing Board policy 3.28.7
State Seal of Bilingualism and Biliteracy effective Academic year 2018-19

State Seal of Bilingualism and Biliteracy
Farmington Municipal Schools Board Policy

A. 6.29.1.9 State Statute Proficiency Requirements
To earn the bilingualism-biliteracy seal on the Farmington Municipal School diploma of excellence, students must meet the graduation requirements as specified in Subsection J of 6.29.1.9 NMAC, and demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English, through one of the following methods:
  • Certification by an individual Native American Tribe
  • Units of credit and an assessment
  • Units of credit and Alternative Process Portfolio
  • Assessment and Alternative Process Portfolio
Certification by the Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation may certify that a student is proficient in the Tribal language. The Navajo Nation has developed the method and process for determining proficiency in their respective Tribal language.
 Units of credit and an assessment

The student must receive a grade of C or higher in four units of credit in a language other than English. All four units of credit must be in the same language other than English and shall consist of language courses, language arts courses, content area courses or any combination thereof. For the purposes of meeting the requirements of this option, a student may not use units of credit in English language arts or English as a second language for English language learners.
The student must meet the assessment of proficiency requirement as follows:
(a) The student must attain a score of three or higher on an advanced placement examination for a language other than English; or
(b) The student must attain a score of four or higher on an international baccalaureate examination for a higher-level language other than English course; or
(c) The student must score proficient on a national assessment of language proficiency in a language other than English; or
(d) The student may demonstrate proficiency by passing a New Mexico assessment in a world language other than English.




Units of credit and Alternative Process Portfolio  
 A student may demonstrate proficiency by meeting both the units of credit and alternative process portfolio option requirements.
(1) The student must receive a grade of C or higher in four units of credit in a language other than English.~~All four units of credit must be in the same language other than English and shall consist of language courses, language arts courses, content area courses or any combination thereof.~~For the purposes of meeting the requirements of this option, units of credit in English language arts or English as a second language for English language learners cannot be used.
(2)~The student must create a portfolio comprised of the following: a presentation, an interview with a panel composed of three or more members of the district’s education staff and community who are proficient in the target language other than English, and a student-produced work sample, written when appropriate. Districts shall ensure that the alternative portfolio option includes both the receptive and expressive aspects of the language other than English.

Assessment and Alternative Process Portfolio
A student may demonstrate proficiency by meeting both the assessment and alternative process portfolio option requirements.
(1)~The~student must meet the assessment of proficiency requirement as follows:
(a)~the student must attain a score of three or higher on an advanced placement examination for a language other than English; or
(b)~the student must attain a score of four or higher on an international baccalaureate examination for a higher-level language other than English course; or
(c)~the student must score proficient on a national assessment of language proficiency in a language other than English; or
(d) the student may demonstrate proficiency by passing a New Mexico assessment in a world language other than English.
(2)~The student must create a portfolio comprised of the following: a presentation, an interview with a panel composed of three or more members of the district’s education staff and community who are proficient in the target language other than English, and a student-produced work sample, written when appropriate.~~Districts shall ensure that the alternative portfolio option includes both the receptive and expressive aspects of the language other than English.




Bilingual Seal Portfolio Criteria

The student must create a portfolio comprised of the following: a presentation, an interview with a panel composed of three or more members of the district’s education staff and community who are proficient in the target language other than English, and a student-produced work sample, written when appropriate. Districts shall ensure that the alternative portfolio option includes both the receptive and expressive aspects of the language other than English.
  • The panel will be comprised of a minimum of 3 members:  District staff and community members who are bilingual and biliterate in the language other than English.
  • A 6-question interview from the panel in the language other than English.  
  • Explain your views on why you believe it is or is not important to be a bilingual speaker in the world today.
  • How is a bilingual speaker a global citizen?
  • How can we share the importance of knowing more than one language with our children?
  • What are your plans for the future knowing you are literate in more than one language?
  • What can colleges and universities do to promote bilingual education?
  • What is your message to Farmington students, families and educators regarding bilingual education?
  • Presentation of written work depicting the student’s academic writing skills in the language other than English on a topic which exemplifies the culture and traditions of the language.  A 3 to 5-minute oral presentation in the language other than English will accompany the written report.  The report is to be double spaced, 12-inch font. The student will provide a copy of the written work for each panel member.
B. NMAC 6.32.3.9 TRANSCRIPT: The graduate's high school transcript must also indicate that the graduate received the state seal on the graduate's New Mexico diploma of excellence.






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