Seal of Biliteracy & World Language Credit Program

  • Washington State Seal of Bilitearcy

    Seal of Biliteracy

    What is the Seal of Biliteracy?

    The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English. The seal formally recognizes students that demonstrate:

     

    • Proficiency in English
      • Received a score of Level 3 or 4 on Washington State's Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts (ELA)
      • Successfully completed all high school ELA courses
    • Proficiency in a language other than English in one of the following ways:
      • Earned intermediate-mid level proficiency or higher through the World Language Credit Programwhich also awards students with up to 4.0 high school World Language credits
      • Scored three or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) language exam
      • Passed an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam with a score of four or higher

    Who is eligible for the seal? 

    Students in grades 8 through 12:

    • Heritage/Bilingual speakers who meet the criteria.
    • Students who have lived abroad and acquired reading, writing and speaking skills in a language other than English; and meet the requirements.
    • Students who have learned a language in a coursework environment and meet the criteria.

    How will students obtain the Seal of Biliteracy and be recognized?

    • Bilingual students in grades 8 through 12 can register for a language competency assessment through the World Language Credit Program (click the link for additional information) which also awards students with high school World Language credits.  Registration opens in December and testing will take place in February.
    • Students who qualify through an AP or IB exam should see their school counselor to request the Seal of Biliteracy. 

    The transcripts and diplomas for eligible students will be marked with the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy as a statement of accomplishment, signaling the student's readiness for career and college and to engage as a global citizen.

    Resources

    OSPI - Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

    SVSD Brochure - Seal of Biliteracy & World Language Competency-based Credit Program