Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy
THE SEAL OF BILITERACY IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS IN ANY LANGUAGE!
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 students whose proficiency level in English and a second language is equivalent to Intermediate-High or above, as determined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Commendation toward Biliteracy is awarded to students whose English and/or second language proficiency level is rated at Intermediate-Low or Intermediate-Mid.
A student who meets the requirements for the Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation toward Biliteracy will receive this designation on his/her transcript as well as the diploma upon graduation. All public universities and colleges in the state of Illinois will award credits for the Seal of Biliteracy, while some public universities and colleges might award credit for the Commendation toward Biliteracy.
All students are recommended to research credit award policies at their future universities, as well as with the military or with their future employers.
In the 2023-2024 school year, students in the following classes will be offered one proficiency test at no cost to the student:
Spanish 4 and Spanish 4 Honors
Heritage Spanish 3 and 3 Honors
French 4, French 4 Honors
EL Language Arts 11
EL Junior English
EL Senior English
Additionally, any junior or senior who earned a 3.5 or higher Literacy score on ACCESS 2.0 in 2023 will be offered a testing option during the day.
Students in these classes will be able to retake individual sections of the test as necessary after results have been received. Test section retakes will be at student expense as established here.