Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, Joliet Township High School will be offering the State of Illinois Seal of Biliteracy to those students who have attained proficiency in two languages by their high school graduation. Students receiving this honor must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English as well as reading, writing, listening, and speaking in another language.
In order to qualify for the State of Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy, students must meet the identified criteria. Approved assessments include the ACT, SAT, AP Language tests, or the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL).
Earning the Seal of Biliteracy requires at least two of the following:
- SAT score of at least 540 on ELA section
- ACT English score of 21
- AP Language score of 4 or 5
- AAPPL score of Intermediate-5 (I-5) or better
- ACCESS for ELLs score of 4.8 overall
The State Seal of Biliteracy is a certification added to a student’s high school diploma and transcript recognizing a high level of proficiency in two or more languages. The Seal of Biliteracy is recognized as a valuable asset for employment, college admission, cultural identity and personal growth.
Living in a globally interconnected world, proficiency in multiple languages is critical to participating effectively in it. The demand for employees fluent in more than one language is increasing rapidly throughout the State of Illinois and throughout the world.