Recognizing Students with Proficiency in Two or More Languages
Being able to articulate in not only one, but two languages, is a valuable lifelong skill. Once obtained, the power of being both biliterate and bilingual cannot be lost.
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the District to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English, by high school graduation.
SCCSD Students Earn the Seal of Biliteracy
The Sioux City Community School District educates a richly diverse group of students. With many languages and dialects already spoken in the District, the Seal of Biliteracy offers many students an opportunity to be recognized for biliteracy attainment. Additionally, the Dual Language program offered by the District is a natural gateway to help students attain biliteracy.
Once a student takes a world language AP exam and earns a score of three or higher, the World Languages Department will review the student’s academic record to verify all other criteria have been met. Each SCCSD student that fulfills the proficiency requirements, as described below, can be recognized with the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy upon graduating.
If you have questions about the Seal of Biliteracy, please contact the World Languages Department at 712-279-6840.
Why the Seal of Biliteracy is Important
Being able to know and use more than one language is a critical skill for the 21st century.
The seal of biliteracy:
- Values language as an asset
- Recognizes the value of language diversity & cultural identity
- Prepares students with 21st-century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
- Provides employers, universities, and grant/scholarship providers with a method to recognize applicants for their dedication to attainment of biliteracy
Designation & Demonstrated Proficiency
The Seal of Biliteracy, designated by the Iowa Department of Education, will be recognized statewide. The honor focuses not on “seat time” or completion of language courses; it relies on demonstrating proficiency in a given language.
To be eligible to be awarded the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy, students shall demonstrate proficiency in a world language and English. The following charts demonstrate the assessment and exam options students can fulfill to prove proficiency.
|World Language Assessment||Language(s)||Minimum Score to Qualify for Seal of Biliteracy||More Information on Assessment|
|Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Culture Exam||Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese||3||AP Language and Culture Exams|
|Advanced Placement (AP) Latin Exam||Latin||3||AP Language and Culture Exams AP Latin|
|English Exam||Minimum Score|
|AP Language or AP Literature Exam||3|
|English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA 21) in grades 9-12||4 or 5 in all domains (reading, writing, speaking, and listening)|
|Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) in grades 9-12||Proficient in English/Language Arts|
|Most recent Iowa Assessment results (2018-19 only)||Proficient in Reading Comprehension|
Resources & Demonstrated Proficiency
Additional information can be found at https://educateiowa.gov/pk-12/instruction/biliteracy-seal