UCS graduates earn recognition for global proficiency
UCS graduates earn recognition for global proficiency
Posted on 06/29/2018
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More than 260 Utica Community Schools graduates were honored this year for demonstrating proficiency in multiple languages.

For the third straight year, UCS graduates were eligible to receive a Seal of Global Language recognition for demonstrating a high level of proficiency in one or more World Language.

“The Seal of Global Language is an important standard that further distinguishes the value of a Utica Community Schools diploma,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “It demonstrates that our graduates are committed to success in a global society and workforce and have a competitive advantage for the high paying jobs of the future.”

This year, 262 UCS graduates were recognized at graduation as candidates for the Seal of Global Language - a 50 percent increase over 2017.

Global proficiency is defined as the ability to read, write, speak and listen in one or more language.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in both English Language Arts and a World Language. Students who have a home language other than English can earn a seal by demonstrating proficiency in both languages. 

Students must earn a college-ready score of three or higher on a World Language advanced placement exam, pass the nationally recognized Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency in Language or successfully complete an International Baccalaureate exam.