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Upcoming Seal of Biliteracy Assessment Opportunities

For students interested in earning the Seal of Biliteracy, there are two upcoming options to complete assessment and demonstrate proficiency in a world language. Students must sign up online by Friday, May 3, to participate in any of these testing options.

Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy

Option 1

Valley High School students can take an assessment to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy during ENCORE time on Tuesday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 14.

STAMP Assessment—Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Spanish ($17)

The Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) assessment measures a student’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target language.  It is online and computer adaptive.

ALIRA—Latin ($10)

The ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) is a computer-adaptive assessment of a Latin student’s ability to read for comprehension a variety of Latin-language texts. The assessment must be completed in 50 minutes.

Option 2

There will be two final opportunities provided by the district for students to demonstrate proficiency in a world language in order to earn the Seal.

AP Tests—French, Japanese, Mandarin, Latin, Spanish

Students who register with Valley High School to take an AP language test and score a 3 or higher could have the Seal of Biliteracy retroactively placed on their transcript and diploma.

Portfolio Assessment—Other languages not listed above including: Burmese, Hakha, Kunama, Mizo, Punjabi, Swahili, Somali, Tagalog ($15)

The student must be a senior preparing to graduate.  The student will orally present on a topic for 3-5 minutes. They will listen and respond to questions in the target language about their topic. Presentations will be recorded. The student will also submit a one-page written paper in the target language. Please review this document for information about potential topics for speaking and writing.  The presentation and paper will be scored using this rubric.  Presentations will happen on Thursday, May 9th, before, during, and after school.

How do I sign up?

To participate in any of these testing options, please sign up online by Friday, May 3. By completing the form, you commit to paying all fees associated with the testing.  You can pay your fee online or stop by Valley’s Main Office. (Students with a current fee waiver form on file will have their first assessment opportunity fee waived.)

Sign Up for Assessment Opportunities Online

Questions? Please contact Natalie French at frenchn@wdmcs.org or 515-633-5173. Thank you!