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 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. Language proficiency testing will be offered with 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 upon graduation.
New for the 2022-2023 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, AP French Language
- EL Language Arts 11
- EL Junior English
- EL Senior English
- Any junior or senior who earned a 3.5 or higher Literacy score on ACCESS 2.0 in 2022 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.