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Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy
 
West Aurora School District 129 has established a program to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. Two honors are available: the Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation toward Biliteracy.
 
The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those who demonstrate proficiency in English and whose second language proficiency level is equivalent to Intermediate-High, as determined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Commendation toward Biliteracy is awarded to students whose second language proficiency level is rated at Intermediate-Low or Intermediate-Mid. Language proficiency testing will take place in the spring, and there will be an associated cost.
 
A student meeting the requirements for the Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation toward Biliteracy will receive this designation on his/her transcript as well as the diploma.
 
To qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, seniors must:
• Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT, OR
• Earn a minimum overall score of 5.0 with minimum subtest scores in reading and writing of 4.2 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam, OR
• Earn a minimum score of I-5 on the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam in English, AND
• Have earned a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement language exam taken prior to this school year, OR
• Earn a minimum score of I-5 on the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam. The following languages can be assessed with the AAPPL exam: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
 
To qualify for the Commendation toward Biliteracy, seniors must:
• Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT, OR
• Earn a minimum literacy score of 3.5 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam, OR
• Earn a minimum score of I-1 on the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam in English, AND
• Have earned a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement language exam taken prior to this school year, OR
• Earn a minimum score of I-1, I-2, I-3 or I-4 on the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam. The following languages can be assessed with the AAPPL exam: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

For more information, please contact the World Language Curriculum Coordinator:
Julie Swartzloff
jswartzloff@sd129.org
(630) 301-6559
 
Click HERE for the Seal of Biliteracy Application
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