*CHECK BACK IN AUGUST FOR FALL SEAL OF BILITERACY TESTING DATES!*
What is the Seal of Biliteracy?
Hinsdale South High School students have the opportunity to be recognized by the State of Illinois for earning proficiency in English and one additional language. The Illinois State Board of Education's Seal of Biliteracy program will place an official seal on diplomas and confer official regonition on transcripts for those who qualify.
Hinsdale South will be recognizing the Seal of Biliteracy to students according to the State of Illinois' proficency level of Intermediate High scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Please reference the excerpt from ACTFL (www.actfl.org) for the description of what Intermediate High indicates:
"Intermediate High speakers are able to converse with ease and confidence when dealing with the routine tasks and social situations of the Intermediate level. They are able to handle successfully uncomplicated tasks and social situations requiring an exchange of basic information related to their work, school, recreation, particular interests, and areas of competence. Intermediate High speakers can handle a substantial number of tasks associated with the Advanced level, but they are unable to sustain performance of all of these tasks all of the time. Intermediate High speakers can narrate and describe in all major time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length, but not all the time. Typically, when Intermediate High speakers attempt to perform Advanced-level tasks, their speech exhibits one or more features of breakdown, such as the failure to carry out fully the narration or description in the appropriate major time frame, an inability to maintain paragraph-length discourse, or a reduction in breadth and appropriateness of vocabulary. Intermediate High speakers can generally be understood by native speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non-natives, although interference from another language may be evident (e.g., use of code-switching, false cognates, literal translations), and a pattern of gaps in communication may occur."
How to Qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy?
To qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, seniors must:
- Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an offical administration of the ACT, OR
- Earn a minimum overall score of a 5.0 with minimum subtest scores in reading and writing of 4.2 on the ACCESS for ELLS exam, AND
- Have earned a 4 or 5 in the Advanced Placement language exam they rook as junior, OR
- Earn a minimum scores of I-5 on the ACTFL's Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam. The following languages can be assesssed with the AAPPL exam: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
- Additionally, students of Latin may qualify for a Seal of Biliteracy by showing English proficiency through qualifying ACT or ACCESS scores and by earning a minimum score of I-5 on ACTFL’s Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) or a 4 or 5 on the AP exam.
The cost of the test is $20.00 for students.
What are the benefits of earning the Seal of Biliteracy?
- To encourage students to study languages
- To certify attainment of biliteracy skills
- To recognize the value of language diversity
- To provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
- To provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high level skills in multiple languages
- To prepare students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
- To strengthen intergroup relationships and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community.