• Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy

    Seal of Biliteracy

     

    Westmont High School (Community Unit School District 201) has established a program to recognize high school seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English.  Two honors are available: the Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation toward Biliteracy.  

     

    The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those who demonstrate proficiency in English and whose second language proficiency level is equivalent to Intermediate-High, as determined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The Commendation toward Biliteracy is awarded to students whose second language proficiency level is rated at Intermediate-Low or Intermediate-Mid. Language proficiency testing will take place in the spring and at no cost to students or parents.

     

    A student meeting the requirements for the Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation toward Biliteracy will receive this designation on his/her transcript as well as in the diploma.

     

    To qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, seniors must:

    • Earn a minimum score of (20) in English on the ACT, OR
    • Achieved a Level 4 or 5 on English Language Arts (ELA) exam of the Partnership for Assessments of Colleges and Career Readiness (PARCC) standardized test, OR
    • Earn a minimum overall score of 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 on the Advanced Placement language exam taken prior to this school year, 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, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, OR
    • Earn an Intermediate High on the STAMP4S assessment to demonstrate language proficiency.  

     

    To qualify for the Commendation toward Biliteracy, seniors must:

    • Earn a minimum score (18) in English on the ACT, OR
    • Achieved a Level 4 or 5 on English Language Arts (ELA) exam of the Partnership for Assessments of Colleges and Career Readiness (PARCC) standardized test, OR
    • Earn a minimum overall score of 5.0 with minimum subtest scores in reading and writing of 4.2 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam, AND
    • Have earned a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement language exam taken prior to this school year, OR
    • Earn a minimum score of I-1, I-2, I-3 or I-4 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, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, OR
    • Earn an Intermediate Low on the STAMP4S assessment to determine language proficiency.  

     

     

    For more information, please contact Jinu Joseph at jjoseph@cusd201.org or 630-468-8105.  

     

    Lastly, students and parents, please complete the survey/registration form.

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Jinu Joseph

    Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator/CUSD 201