Seal of Biliteracy—2019-20 Assessment Opportunities

Students interested in earning the Seal of Biliteracy have three different options for completing assessment and demonstrating proficiency in a world language.

Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy

Option 1—STAMP or ALIRA Assessment

Valley High School students can take an assessment to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy during ENCORE time on Tuesday, Feb. 25, OR March 3 and March 10 (students would participate in both March ENCORE days).

For the Feb. 25 date, please sign up with Mrs. Stacey Karnowski by Friday, Feb. 7.

STAMP Assessment—Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Spanish ($17.50)

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.

When a student signs up for the assessment in the office, the cost of the assessment will be added to a student’s fee statement. One time financial assistance is available for students to take a Seal of Biliteracy Assessment.

If you have concerns about the cost of the assessment, please see your counselor. 

Option 2—AP Tests

Students writing Advanced Placement assessments in world languages in May 2020 will be eligible to earn the Seal of Biliteracy.

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.

Option 3—Portfolio Assessment

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

Students seeking to earn the Seal of Biliteracy without standardized assessment 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 Friday, April 17, before, during, and after school.