• Hinsdale District 86 Seal of Biliteracy Program 2018-2019


    Winter Testing Dates for SENIORS Class of 2019:


    Sat., February 16, 2019 at Hinsdale South High School’s Library


    Sat., March 2, 2019 at Hinsdale Central High School’s Community Rm. 124 


    Seniors can attend either location, and the test begins at 8 a.m.








    District 86 High School students have the opportunity to be recognized by the State of Illinois for earning proficiency in English and an additional language. The Illinois State Board of Education's Seal of Biliteracy program will place an official seal on diplomas and confer official recognition on transcripts for those who qualify.

    District 86 will be awarding the Seal of Biliteracy to students according to the State of Illinois' proficiency 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 540 on Reading portion of SAT, 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, OR
    • Earn a minimum score of I-5 on the ACTFL's Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam. The following languages can be assessed with the AAPPL exam: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Hindi, German, Korean, 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. 
    • No seals will be awarded to any student taking a test outside of District 86.  Any private or outside organization testing will not be considered for the District 86 Seal of Biliteracy Program.


    What are the benefits of earning the Seal of Biliteracy?

    • To earn college credit hours in World Language at Illinois public universities
    • To certify attainment of biliteracy skills
    • 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