High School graduates who can function in two or more languages are equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate successfully in college, careers, and a diverse 21st century society. 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 the attainment of biliteracy
- Affirms native or heritage languages
- Strengthens cross-cultural communication, affirm the value of diversity, and honor the multiple cultures and languages in our communities.
The seal of biliteracy focuses not on “seat time” or completion of language courses; it relies on demonstrating proficiency in a given language at a high degree of competence. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) outlines the meaning of language proficiency using the terms novice, intermediate, advanced, superior and distinguished to indicate levels of proficiency. For the purposes of this seal, a score that mirrors the ACTFL intermediate level is considered proficient. Ankeny will recognize any student who scores at or above the required score for proficiency on the English assessment and another language assessment to be eligible for the Ankeny Seal of Biliteracy.
To be eligible to be awarded the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy, each student shall demonstrate proficiency in English.
- Minimum proficiency scores on one of the following exams must be met to be considered.
- The district will set the submission date of assessment proficiency scores and communicate that with students
ACT: American College Testing/English 18
ELPA21: English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century in grades 9- 12/4 or 5 in all domains (reading, writing, speaking, listening) which equates to overall proficiency of 3
ISASP or Iowa Assessments/Proficiency
AP Language or AP Literature Exam/3
To be eligible to be awarded the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy, students shall demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.
AP Language and Culture (Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese)/3
Standards Based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP)/Intermediate-Mid (5)
American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)/3
Other assessment options: students may use to demonstrate proficiency in a second language not assessed using the district approved assessment (cost not provided by the district) are available on this document: Iowa Department of Education Seal of Biliteracy Guidance
- Review the guidelines and requirements for the Seal of Biliteracy in this document.
- Consult with the Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator to obtain information about the approved language assessment that would be the most appropriate for you.
- If your score qualifies for a Seal of Biliteracy, complete the Seal of Biliteracy Assessment Form, and upload copies of your approved language assessment.
- April 10, 2020: All assessment data must be submitted for consideration for the Seal of Biliteracy.
- May 1, 2020: Students will be notified if they will receive the Seal of Biliteracy.
- Yes. American Sign Language is recognized by the Seal of Biliteracy.
- Yes. The requirements must be met for each language and demonstration of each language assessment must be uploaded in the electronic application and vetted by the Seal of Biliteracy coordinator.
Upon receiving the Seal, students will be recognized in the following ways:
- The Seal of Biliteracy will be affixed to the student’s diploma.
- An indication will be made on the student’s transcript.
- Recognition will be made for qualified students during Senior Awards Night.