Illinois Seal of Biliteracy

  • Township High School District 211 students have the opportunity to earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating high levels of proficiency in English and an additional language. Students interested in taking the assessments for the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy will need to complete an application and submit it to the Student Services Department.   Students who earn the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy will have it indicated on their transcript. As of July 22, 2016, Illinois, public universities will accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to 2 years of foreign language coursework taken during high school if a student's high school transcript indicates that he or she received the State Seal of Biliteracy. If your student earns the Seal of Biliteracy, the official Seal of Biliteracy will be available for pick up during the summer in the Student Services Department. Current languages available are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian,  Spanish, and Thai. To be eligible for the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy, a high school student must demonstrate proficiency in English and an additional language by meeting the following criteria during high school:    

    English AND Additional Language
    • Earn an ACCESS composite score of at least 4.8 on ACCESS; 

    OR

    • Earn the ACT college-ready benchmark for the English subject area test or achieve a composite score of at least 21 on the ACT; 

    OR

    • Earn an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of at least 480 on the SAT; 

    OR

    • Earn AP English Language and Composition exam score of 5; 

    OR

    • Earn GPA of 3.0 in English transitional or dual course credit.
    • Have earned a 4 or 5 in the Advanced Placement language exam - Spanish, Chinese (Traditional or Simplified), French, German, Italian, or Japanese; 

    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 (Traditional or Simplified), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian,  Spanish, and Thai; 

    OR

    • Earn Intermediate High on the STAMP exam (Polish and Hebrew).

     The APPPL or STAMP exam will be administered in March. There is a $25 fee associated with the administration of these exams.

    Please contact the Student Services Department with questions.

    • James B. Conant High School Student Services Director, Brigit Cain at 847-755-3626

    • William Fremd High School Student Services Director, Tracy Bafia at 847-755-2626

    • Hoffman Estates High School Student Services Director, Jen Beers at 847-755-5626

    • Palatine High School Student Services Director, Fred Rasmussen at 847-755-1626

    • Schaumburg High School Student Services Director, Yassi Delgado at 847-755-4626


    STAMP and AAPPL remote testing requirements:

    STAMP - AT HOME:  Live Remote Proctor (Polish and Hebrew Only)

    • Students take the assessment at home and must use a Windows or Mac computer. No iPads, Tablets, or Chromebooks are permitted.
     
    • Students will also need a second device (which may be a phone or tablet) in which a live remote proctor from the AVANT company will use to monitor you and the room as you take the test.  

     

    AAPPL - AT HOME:  COMPUTER-BASED PROCTOR (All Languages Other than Polish/Hebrew)

    • Students take the assessment at home and must use a Windows or Mac computer, no tablets or Chromebooks are permitted. 

    • Please review the AAPPL Computer Proctoring Student Guide for testing requirements. 

     

    AAPPL - AT HOME:  PARENT/GUARDIAN PROCTOR

    • Students take the assessment at home and may use any computer or tablet, including Chromebooks, iPads, etc.  

    • A parent/guardian must agree to oversee the student while s/he take the assessment at home.  The parent/guardian must sign the AAPPL At-Home Testing and Proctoring agreement and return it to the Student Services Office.

    • Here are the At-home proctoring instructions