Harvard Educational Review
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    Critical Language Testing

    Factors Influencing Students’ Decisions to (Not) Pursue the Seal of Biliteracy

    Kristin J. Davin
    In this investigation, Kristin J. Davin analyzes current and former emergent bilingual learners’ decisions to take or not take a language proficiency assessment in a home language to pursue a Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL). The SoBL is a policy adopted in forty states to counteract English-only ideologies by recognizing students who graduate high school bilingual and biliterate. Considering the power of assessments and the complexity of the decision to take a test of proficiency in one’s home language, this study uses the history-in-person framework to understand the factors that shape students’ decisions to take, or not take, the “seals test.” Davin’s findings point toward considerations and changes necessary to SoBL implementation to ensure that the policy meets the needs of the emergent bilingual learners it was intended to benefit.

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    Kristin J. Davin (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3590-7086) is an associate professor and program director of foreign language education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on language assessment, language teacher development, and language policies related to multilingualism. Her scholarship is informed by her prior work as a K–12 Spanish teacher. Davin’s work has appeared in journals, including Educational Policy, Foreign Language Annals, Language Teaching Research, and Modern Language Journal. She is the coeditor (with Amy J. Heineke) of The Seal of Biliteracy: Case Studies of Language Policy in Practice (Information Age Publishing, 2020).
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    Summer 2021 Issue


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    Common-Sense Evidence
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    Designing Constructionist Futures
    edited by Nathan Holbert, Matthew Berland, and Yasmin B. Kafai

    The Education Trap
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