World Language Students in the state of Illinois who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English and at least one other language qualify for the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation toward Biliteracy. Students must meet or achieve on all standardized tests in English to prove proficiency. Those students scoring an i5 (intermediate high) or better on the AAPPL (ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Language) will be awarded the prestigious Seal of Biliteracy. Those students scoring i1-i4 (intermediate low-mid) will be awarded the Commendation toward Biliteracy for their achievement above the national average.
Students interested in earning the seal will take the AAPPL exam in their junior or senior year (at a cost of $20) and may retake any section (listening, reading, writing, or speaking) up to two more times in order to attempt to raise the score. Retaking sections will be at the test taker's expense. Scholarship opportunities are available for students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation toward Biliteracy.
For more information on the Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation toward Biliteracy, visit the Illinois State Board of Education website http://www.isbe.net/seal-of-biliteracy/