What is the State Seal of Biliteracy?
The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award that students can earn by demonstrating proficiency in reading, speaking, listening and writing in English and one other language. Students who earn this award will receive a seal on their diploma that indicates they have achieved biliteracy. Students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy can receive credit from colleges in the state of Illinois.
What is the State Commendation toward Biliteracy?
The State Commendation in Biliteracy indicates that a student has made significant progress towards proficiency in reading, speaking, listening and writing in English and one other language. This award does not earn a student college credit.
What are the benefits of the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy?
The Seal of Biliteracy indicates to employers, college admissions, and others that the student can read, speak, listen, and write in English and another language. It is a way for students to receive official recognition for their language skills. Additionally, by law, colleges in the state of Illinois must 1) recognize the seal as equivalent to two years of high school language study and 2) award equivalent course credit to students who earn the Seal. This means that the Seal qualifies students for college credit. Students do not automatically receive this credit, but must request credit for their Seal within three years of graduation from high school.
How do I earn the Seal of Biliteracy?
You must demonstrate your proficiency by achieving certain minimum scores on standardized tests.
What is the AAPPL (ACTFL) test?
The AAPPL (ACTFL) test is a four-part test that assesses students’ language abilities in the areas of reading, listening, speaking and writing. RLHS will offer this test in the library on specific dates.
How much will it cost me to take the AAPPL test?
The AAPPL test costs $5 per area (reading, listening, speaking and writing), for a total of $20 per language tested. You will need to register and pay for your test in the main office before you take it.
How do I know if I need to take the AAPPL test in English?
Depending on your SAT score in the ELA portion (or your composite score on the ACCESS test if you were an English Language Learner when you entered high school), you may not need to take the AAPPL test. See your counselor or the State Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator (Ms. Elizabeth Franz firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
When can I take the AAPPL test?
For the 2019-2020 school year, the AAPPL test will be administered on the following dates:
2019 Fall testing window, Registration Deadline:
Friday, November 1, 2019
Tuesday, November 12 -- Friday, November 15 (3:15 – 5:00 pm in the RLHS library)
Saturday, November 16 (10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the RLHS library)
Monday, November 18- Friday November 22 (3:15 – 5:00 pm in the RLHS library)
2020 Winter testing window, Registration Deadline:
Friday, January 31, 2020
Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 14 (3:15 – 5:00 pm in the RLHS library)
Saturday, February 15 (10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the RLHS library)
Tuesday, February 18 – Friday, February 21 (3:15 – 5:00 pm in the RLHS library)
How long will it take me to finish the test?
Students should plan on a minimum of four hours total to complete testing in each language.
Can I take the AAPPL test for more than one language?
Yes! There are many languages available. See your counselor or the testing coordinator for more details.
How do I sign up for the test?
Fill out the Google form. Then pay for your test with Ms. Aldape in the main office.
What if I don’t pass?
You can retest! You will only need to retake the specific sections needed –so you don’t have to retest on listening, for example, if you pass that part. You will pay again for each section you need to retake, at the cost of $5 per section.
Minimum Scores for the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy