The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by USD 475 and the State of Kansas in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency (both reading and writing) in two or more languages by high school graduation. Students must demonstrate the state-determined level of proficiency in both languages by their performance on designated tests. Those who qualify will have the Seal of Biliteracy placed on their high school transcripts. Any high school parent or student who is interested in more information is encouraged to attend the meeting at Junction City High School on January 10, 2018 at 3:00 in the cafeteria.
The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. The Seal is intended for all students who master standard academic English and any other language. For many languages, the ACTFL AAPL test will be used to determine proficiency levels. For languages which do not currently have a national test (like Vietnamese), USD 475 uses a combination of assessments, course requirements, student work, and performance to measure proficiency.