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 high levels of proficiency in English and in a world language according to a proficiency level of Intermediate Mid as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Read 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?
Students interested in applying to receive the Seal of Biliteracy must turn in a completed application with accompanying documentation to their school counselor by April 15th (If April 15 falls on a weekend, then the following Monday)
- Seal of Biliteracy Student Application
- Seal of Biliteracy Acceptable Evidence of Proficiency– Updated Feb 2019
Students should not delay in scheduling their language test
- To schedule the AAPPL, sign up in the counseling office before March 30.
Wasatch County School District will cover the testing cost of the AAPPL, STAMP and some alternative exams for less common languages.
Seniors currently enrolled in AP will not receive their scores until July. They may still apply for the Seal of Biliteracy but they will need to pass all sections of the AAPPL test with intermediate-mid. Depending on prior testing in past courses, these students may be required to sign up for 1-4 sections of the AAPPL test in the counseling office.
(NOTE: By taking the AAPPL or STAMP test students will receive more immediate results allowing them to qualify for the Seal sooner.)
If you have any questions, please contact your school counselor or Ellie Gallagher at 435-654-0280.