Seal of Biliteracy
Seal of Biliteracy & World Language Credits
Any student in grades 9-12 who has obtained language skills outside the classroom can earn high school credit in any language by taking an assessment.
Students who are taking a class cannot receive additional credits by taking the competency-based test. The grade earned in the class takes precedence over the competency-based testing score. Seniors in the fourth year or beyond in a language may take these tests to show eligibility for the Seal of Biliteracy.
Seal of Biliteracy
What is the Seal of Biliteracy?
The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy is established to recognize public 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. “Participating school districts with students eligible to receive the seal shall place a notation on a student’s high school diploma and high school transcript indicating that the student has earned the seal.” (RCW 28A.230.125)
The seal will be available to districts to formally recognize students that demonstrate:
Proficiency in English
Passed ELA state assessment
Met ELA graduation requirements
Proficiency in a language other than English
Eligible to receive four credits on one of the state approved world language competency-based tests
Receives a score of three or higher on the AP Language Exam.
Receives a score of four or higher on the IB Language Exam.
Who is eligible for the seal?
- Heritage speakers who meet the criteria.
- Students who have lived abroad and acquired reading, writing and speaking skills in a language other than English.
- Students who have learned a language in a coursework environment who meet the requirements.
How will these students be recognized?
- Marked on student’s transcript.
- Seal from the state to go on diploma.