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Seal of Biliteracy Steps

STEP 1: Join the google classroom (xvkmr55) and register for the test.

STEP 2: World Language Proficiency

Proficiency in a language other than English will be determined by one or more of the following:

  • AAPPL/Avant Testing:  (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Armenian, Filipino, Ilocano, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese, Samoan, Somali Maay Maay and Somali Maxaa, Tamil, Vietnamese and Yup'ik) -Students must demonstrate Intermediate-Mid (I-2) and above  on all four modes (reading/listening or speaking/writing. For Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, and Nyanja students will need to demonstrate a minimum of Intermediate-Low  (I1) on all 4 modes.
  • ALIRA Test: (Latin): Students will need to demonstrate an Intermediate-High (I-4) on the ALIRA test offered only in Interpretive Reading.
  • ASL Proficiency Interview (ASL): Students will need to obtain a level 4.
  • Advanced Placement Language and Culture Exam:  A student must score a 3 or higher on the AP exam.  For students who take AP their senior year, they will need to prepare a portfolio with samples in all 4 modes of communication  to meet the criteria above.

STEP 3: English Proficiency

Proficiency in English is determined by one or more of the following:

  • HS Graduation and Proficiency ELA Requirements: A student must meet the standards for English Language Arts and high school graduation.
  • MDOE-Approved Assessment for English Learners: Currently  5.0 Composite score on ACCESS for ESOLs 2.0.
  • MHSA: 480 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW);
  • AccuPlacer: 68 in Mainstream Reading and 74 in Sentence Skills;
  • TOEFL: Score of 79 or higher

STEP 4:  Global Competence Reflection (by May)

The final step in applying for the Seal of Biliteracy is an essay response to the following question to be evaluated by the Director of Language Development and the Seal of Biliteracy Committee:

Describe your language journey. How has studying and using this language helped you to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action, locally or globally?