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Central High School Graduate Earns a Georgia Seal of Biliteracy

Aug 28 2017

Carroll County Schools is proud to announce that Jairo Vargas Vazquez, a 2017 graduate of Central High School, is one of the first students in the state to earn a Georgia Seal of Biliteracy.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment and we are very proud that one of our students has demonstrated this extraordinary capability,” said Jared Griffis, Principal of Central High School.

To earn this seal, a student must demonstrate proficiency in English by completing all of the English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in those classes, as well as demonstrating proficiency in one or more languages other than English by passing a foreign language Advanced Placement examination with a score of 4 or higher.

In May of 2016, the Georgia legislature established a Georgia Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.  According to the text of the law, they established the seal to encourage pupils to study foreign languages; to certify attainment of biliteracy; to provide employers with a method to identify people with language and biliteracy skills; to provide universities with a method to recognize and give academic credit to applicants seeking admission; and to recognize and promote foreign language instruction in public schools (GADOE).