Martha Halemba, Hudson City Schools
Professional Development Chair
On December 15, Governor Kasich signed SB3 that also contained HB 487, our Seal of Biliteracy Bill. In ninety days, it will become state law. We have done it! We have provideda means for our students to be recognized on their diplomas if they are literate in two languages.
The next step is for the law to go to the State Board of Education. They are required to flesh the bill out and provide the particulars of how it will be administered and the requirements. This will likely be the job of Ryan Wertz, Kathy Shelton and Paula Sondej at ODE.
We do not know at this time what the requirements will be, but I can say that if you shoot for intermediate mid to intermediate high (level 4 more or less), that seems to be what many states are using at this time. Students will be required to use a nationally normed assessment to prove their proficiency. There is a probability that it will be ready by May of 2018, so start getting your students ready. In my district, we did some practice assessments. We have been using IPAs for the last three years, and our students did well on the assessments. Just for your information, the weakest area was the listening section. Authentic listening practice is vital for success.
Now is the time to start letting your administrators know about this and that you would like your students to be able to participate. Go to http://oflaslo.weebly.com/seal-of-biliteracy.html for more information.
Your contributions to this effort have constituted real leadership, Martha! Ohio – and OFLA – are so very lucky to have you in our corner!!