Seal of Biliteracy—Assessments

The Seal of Biliteracy requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other world language. Students must demonstrate proficiency through various assessments taken while the student is in high school (grades 9-12). To be eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy, students must present official documentation of completion and proficiency to their counselor.

English Assessment Options Offered by WDMCS

Exam Minimum Score
ACT English 18
AP Language or AP Literature 3
English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) in grades 9-12 Proficient, Level 3
SAT English 470
Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) in grades 9-12 Proficient in English/Languages Arts
most recent Iowa Assessment results (for 2018-19 only) Proficient in Reading Comprehension

World Language Assessment Options Offered by WDMCS

Several additional assessments can be used to prove proficiency in the world language. These options may be available at testing locations outside of the district. For a full list of accepted assessments, view the Seal of Biliteracy Guidance list

Assessment Language(s) Minimum Score
Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Culture Exam Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese 3
Advanced Placement (AP) Latin Exam Latin 3
ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) Latin Intermediate Two (I-2)
Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish Intermediate-Mid (5)
American Sign Language Proficiency Interview American Sign Language 3
Languages in Which No Assessment Exists The student will demonstrate oral and written proficiency by:
  • completing a formal presentation to speakers of the target world language
  • creating a composition, article, or paper in the targeted world language

Assessments may incur a cost from $10-100 depending on the assessment. Students in need of financial assistance should see their assigned counselor.