Seal of Biliteracy: CRLS

seal of biliteracyCRLS offers the Seal of Biliteracy to eligible students who have achieved proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy was first offered in California in 2008 and has been implemented in a majority of states over the past decade, resulting in increasing recognition across the country both by universities and potential employers. The Seal of Biliteracy, which is affixed to school transcripts, is an official state recognition of achievement in languages. In Massachusetts, the purpose of the Seal is to: “Encourage students to study and master languages; Certify attainment of biliteracy skills; Recognize the value of language diversity; Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills; Provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for the attainment of high-level skills in languages; Prepare students with skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society; and Strengthen intergroup communication and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community” (Source – MA Guidelines). Additional information is available at: https://sealofbiliteracy.org/ and https://languageopportunity.org/.

In order to attain the Seal of Biliteracy students will need:
  1. Gr. 10 ELA MCAS Score of 240 or higher and
  2. WL Assessment Score at the ACTFL Intermediate High Proficiency Level or a Score of 4 or higher on an Advanced Placement Language test taken in Junior year.
In order to achieve the Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction students will need:
  1. Gr. 10 ELA MCAS Score of 260 or higher and
  2. WL Assessment Score at the ACTFL Advanced Low Proficiency Level Level or a Score of 5 or higher on an Advanced Placement Language test taken in Junior year.
Next Steps: If you are an interested Senior who meets the eligibility requirements based on the MCAS requirements, the next step is to determine which WL Proficiency Assessment you will need to take. Please fill out the attached form and return it as soon as possible to the World Language office in Room 3407, and we will be in touch to schedule a testing session. The AP Language scores can include any language (e.g. German), not just the languages taught at CRLS.  

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Additional Pathways to the Seal:
  1. For information on the ELL pathways, please see Ms. Vera Duarte in the International Student Center or Dr. Michelle Madera in Room 2626.
  2. If you are not an ELL student and would like to pursue the Seal of Biliteracy in a World Language not currently offered by CRLS, please contact Dr. James Kelleher, World Language Coordinator, in Room 3407.
  3. If you currently complete the MCAS using a portfolio option, please contact Ms. Desirée Phillips for next steps.
Please note that if you achieved the Seal of Biliteracy at the K-8 level, this is independent from the high school Seal.
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