Seal of Biliteracy & World Language Credits
Any student in grades 8-12, 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 4th 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 4 credits on one of the state approved World Language Competency-Based test
Receives a 3 or higher on the AP Language Exam
Receives a 4 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 then 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
- Medallions to wear at graduation
Taking The Test
Step 1: How do I know which test to take?
Only the STAMP test is available at this time in the following languages: Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish.
Step 2: Register for the test
Register for the STAMP test at the OHS Student Services Office.
Step 3: Pay for the test
Students pay the $25 test fee at the ASB window at OHS.
Step 4: Take the Test
More about the Assessments (Tests) and Credits:
Depending on your language, you will take one or more of several available assessments to determine your proficiency. It may be on the computer, over the phone and/or through an evaluation of evidence collected in a LinguaFolio Online Collection of Evidence and Proctored Writing and Proctored Oral Language Tests. All assessments will be evaluated based on ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Credit will be granted if you meet the following levels of proficiency:
Novice Mid – 1 credit
Novice High – 2 credits
Intermediate Low – 3 credits
Intermediate Mid – 4 credits
Credit will appear on the transcript with a “P” for pass as the grade mark.
STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency)
The Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency is offered through Avant Assessment. Currently, it is available in Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional Characters), and Arabic.