Maine Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy Status
Approved State Seal
Adoption Date
2018-10-31
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Maine State Info:

Seal of Biliteracy: Eligibility Guidelines
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award that recognizes students' achievement in language learning. Students who are proficient in English and an additional language may earn the Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating their skills on an approved assessment. Students receive a seal affixed to their diploma and an indication of receiving the Seal of Biliteracy on their high school transcripts. This award elevates the study of languages and gives students an edge for their college applications and professional careers.


Language

Minimum Evidence of Proficiency

English

Meeting English language arts (ELA) standards required for graduation
OR
At state expectations for ELA on SAT in third-year of high school
OR
Composite proficiency level of 5.0 on ACCESS for ELLs

World Languages

3 on AP exam
OR
Intermediate-mid on ACTFL Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)*, ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI/OPIc)**, Avant STAMP 4S, Avant WorldSpeak, Avant Spanish Heritage Language Test, or Avant Arabic Assessments

Less Common World Languages not available through AP, AAPPL, ACTFL OPI, or Avant, including Native American Languages

Students will work with the Maine DOE World Languages Specialist to establish an appropriate measure of intermediate-mid proficiency level by ACTFL standards.

American Sign Language

Level 3 on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)

Latin

Level I-2 on the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA)

*Students seeking the Seal of Biliteracy through the ACTFL OPI may be required to show proficiency in other available language modalities using the ACTFL Listening (LPT), Reading (RPT), and/or Writing (WPT) tests.


**AAPPL level I-2 or above will be considered equivalent to intermediate-mid proficiency level