Seal of Biliteracy
2020 AP and IB: Last Spring both the AP and IB tests were scaled back because of remote schooling. As a byproduct, they did not include the necessary skills to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy according to the law:
“(1) The Washington state seal of biliteracy is established to recognize public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English.”
Students may take the World Language Competency Credits test to qualify for the Seal.
Qualifying Proficiency Tests
Students may demonstrate proficiency on several different tests. These codes are aligned with the CEDARs database for automatic upload to the State.
|Code||Qualifying Score||Full Name||Provider|
|AAPPL||Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all at I-2 or higher||The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages||Language Testing International|
|AP Testing||3 or higher||Advanced Placement Language and Culture or Literature and Culture||College Board|
|IB Testing||4 or higher||International Baccalaureate Language A or B||International Baccalaureate Organization|
|National Exam||None at this time|
|STAMP||Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all at 5 or higher||Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency||Avant Assessment|
|WPT & OPI||Both Writing and Oral Proficiency at Intermediate Mid or Higher||Writing Proficiency Test and Oral Proficiency Interview||Language Testing International|
|WPT & OPI Computer||Both Writing and Oral Proficiency at Intermediate Mid or Higher||Writing Proficiency Test and Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer||Language Testing International|
|Writing & Speaking||Intermediate Mid or Higher||Custom Writing and Speaking Test||Washington Association for Language Teachers|
|Written Assignment & Speaking and Listening||ILR of 1+ in both writing and speaking and listening tests||ALTA Written Assignment & Speaking and Listening||ALTA Language|
Adding Seal of Biliteracy to Transcript
The seal of biliteracy is automatically added to the transcript based on testing data twice a year. The student does not need to request the seal if they took the test in the Bellevue School District
Informing Students and Families
Graduating students will receive an email in May to let them know where to pick up their official certificate. Students are marked as proficient as soon as they take the test, but the Seal is only marked as earn on graduation. Students can find the Seal designation on the transcript before graduation.