• What is the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy?

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    The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a district to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English, by high school graduation.

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  • Why is the Seal of Biliteracy important?

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    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.
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  • What is Language Proficiency?

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    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. 

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  • Requirements to Demonstrate Knowledge of English

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    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

     

    Exam/Minimum Score

    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

    SAT/English 470

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  • Requirements to Demonstrate Knowledge of a Second Language

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    To be eligible to be awarded the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy, students shall demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.

    Assessment options: 

    Exam/Minimum Score

    AP Language and Culture (Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese)/3

    International Baccalaureate/4

    ACTFL/Intermediate 2

    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 Document

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  • How do I apply for a Seal of Biliteracy?

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    • 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 letter of intent and upload copies of your approved language assessment. 
    • Schedule:
      • October 25th, 2019: Letter of Intent must be submitted online.
      • February 21st, 2020: All assessment data must be submitted for consideration for the Seal of Biliteracy.
      • March 31st, 2020: Student will be notified if they will receive the Seal of Biliteracy.
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  • What is the cost of the Seal of Biliteracy?

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    • No fee is charged to students to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy. However, students are responsible for any assessment cost not covered by their school or the school district.
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  • Does the Seal of Biliteracy apply to American Sign Language (ASL)?

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    • Yes. American Sign Language is recognized by the Seal of Biliteracy.
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  • Can a student qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy in multiple languages?

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    • 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.
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  • How Students Will Be Recognized

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    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.
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