Seal of Biliteracy

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, District 214 students will have the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy, the State of Illinois’s recognition for proficiency in English and one or more foreign languages. Students can receive the seal in languages taught in and out of the District

In addition to appearing on diplomas and transcripts, the seal provides students an opportunity to earn early college credit. All public community colleges and universities in the State of Illinois have established criteria on how early college credit will be awarded. Information regarding this is available in the college’s or university’s guidelines.

To qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, District 214 seniors must accomplish one of the following:

  • Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT.

  • Reach the ACT college readiness benchmark of 18 for the English subject area test.

  • Earn a minimum score of 540 on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing portion of an official administration of the SAT.

  • Earn a minimum overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam.

Seniors must also accomplish one of the following:

  • Earn a 4 or a 5 on the AP language exam.

  • Earn a minimum of an I-5 on all components of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam, a minimum of Intermediate High on all components of Avant’s STAMP 4S exam, or a minimum of B1 on the Standard Test of Bulgarian as a Foreign Language. The following languages can be assessed with the AAPPL exam: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai. The Avant STAMP 4S assessment is offered for Hebrew and Polish. The Standard Test of Bulgarian as a Foreign Language will be offered through the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria. For more information about this assessment, please contact Angela Sisi at

To learn more about qualifying for the Seal of Biliteracy and associated costs, please refer to the District 214 Academic Handbook.

For more information on the Seal of Biliteracy, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education website.