Seal of Biliteracy

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.

State of Illinois Seal of Biliteracy Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I get the Seal of Biliteracy?

  • Students may request to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy through their counselor and select the assessment(s) that will be used to show proficiency
  • Program Director and Campus Directors review applications and scores to see if criteria has been met
  • Seal of Biliteracy is added to student diploma and transcripts

Is there a cost for the tests?

Yes, students may have to pay for the AP exam or AAPPL exam to show proficiency, but the SAT will be provided at no cost to the student.

What are the benefits of attaining the State of Illinois Seal of Biliteracy?

  • Seal of Biliteracy on diploma and transcript certifies attainment of biliteracy skills
  • Meet the college entrance requirement of two years of foreign language for Illinois public colleges and universities
  • Obtain college credit in modern languages at Illinois public colleges and universities
  • It recognizes the value of language and diversity
  • It prepares students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
  • It provides with employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
  • It provides colleges and universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high level skills in multiple languages

Who do I contact for more information about the State of Illinois Seal of Biliteracy?

Paul Oswald

Curriculum Director, ESL, Social Science and World Languages