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:    

    English         AND Additional Language
    • Earn an Access composite score of at least 4.8 on Access.
    -OR-
    • Earn an ACT composite score of at least 21 on the ACT.
    -OR-
    • Earn an Evidence Based Reading and Writing score of at least 540 on the SAT.
     
    • 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, Korean, Portuguese , Russian,  Spanish and Thai.
    -OR-
    • Earn Intermediate High on the STAMP exam (Japanese and Polish).

     

    The APPPL or STAMP exam will be administered in March. The exam consists of four modules and lasts two – four hours. There is a $20 fee associated with the administration of this exam. Interested students should pick up an application in the Student Services Department to find out school-specific testing details. Please contact the Student Services Department with questions. Palatine High School Student Services Director, Fred Rasmussen at 847-755-1626 Fremd High School Student Services Director, Tracy Bafia at 847-755-2626 Conant High School Student Services Director, Brigit Cain at 847-755-3626 Schaumburg High School Student Services Director, Yassi Delgado at 847-755-4626 Hoffman Estates High School Student Services Director, Jen Beers at 847-755-5626