The Curriculum and Instruction Department assists teachers with the implementation of the Utah Core Standards. Our focus is to provide support of the Instructional Framework, including curriculum maps, benchmark assessments and professional development.
The instructional framework includes the resources to assist teachers with both the art and science of teaching. The framework hangs upon fidelity to the Utah Core Standards and provides a consistent, balanced and progressive curriculum to all students. Below are links to the individual components of the Instructional Framework. These components are used in Granite classrooms by teachers in preparing lessons and materials for students.
Each content area has a designated specialist that facilitates the creation and use of district materials and professional development. Resources are available on each content area page listed on the right side of this site.
Use the flow chart to find a particular Curriculum specialist or support staff member.
Seal of Biliteracy
On December 4, 2015, the Utah State School Board voted 15-0 to establish a Utah Seal of Biliteracy. Beginning with the class of 2017 the Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded to seniors that demonstrate proficiency in English and one or more world languages or the indigenous languages of Navajo or Ute.
What is a Seal of Biliteracy?
A “Seal of Biliteracy” means a seal is placed electronically on a student’s high school transcript to indicate a student has achieved in English and in a world language a proficiency level of Intermediate Mid as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Click here for the ACTFL description of Intermediate Mid Proficiency. Seniors must be in a Level 3 World Language course or higher OR be a native speaker of the language in order to be eligible for testing. Currently, 27 states and Washington DC have approved a statewide Seal of Biliteracy.
Why get a Seal of Biliteracy?
The Seal encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills they attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. The Utah State Board of Education has said,
This Seal of Biliterate Proficiency approach to learning languages prepares students to be college and career ready and builds state and national language capacity to improve economic competitiveness and strengthen national defense strategies. Equally, it answers the growing need for the critical skills of language and cultural competencies for relationship building—a keystone for success in global business and diverse social environments (Seal of Biliterate Proficiency, USBE, August 2015).
How do students apply for the Seal of Biliteracy?
Click here for the Seal of Biliteracy checklist.
Seniors interested in applying to receive the Seal of Biliteracy must turn in a completed application with accompanying documentation to their school counselor by May 1st. Applications can be downloaded here. A list of Acceptable Evidence of Proficiency can be found here .
Students should not delay in scheduling their language test since testing spots fill up and it may take as long as three weeks to receive testing results. Native speakers should schedule early in the school year since the Testing Center gets very busy in the spring.
- To schedule the AAPPL or STAMP, contact the Testing Center at 385-646-6042.
- To schedule the ASLFAI, go to aslfai.com/granite.
- For languages not tested by the AAPPL, STAMP or ASLFAI tests, contact Sharon Gracia at 385-646-4238 to schedule an OPI no later than April 1.
During the 2017-2018 school year, Granite District will cover the testing cost of the AAPPL, STAMP, ASLFAI and OPI tests.
|Language||Name of Assessment||Date Completed||Score*|
|World Language||AP (or IB)||May 201…||pending results|
Seniors currently enrolled in AP or IB will not receive their scores until July. They may still apply for the Seal of Biliteracy but they will not be recognized at graduation without demonstrated proficiency. (NOTE: By taking the AAPPL or STAMP test students will receive more immediate results allowing them to qualify for the Seal sooner.) Since AP/IB students are eligible to receive the Seal pending their test results, on their application they should write “pending results” (see below).
If you have any questions, please contact your school counselor or Sharon Gracia at 385-646-4238.