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Seal of Biliteracy

Wallingford Public Schools is pleased to join other schools in the state as we test for and award the Seal of Biliteracy. In 2017, Connecticut became the 27th state to legislate the Seal. The Seal of Biliteracy is intended to recognize students that are literate and lingual in more than one language (with a proficiency at the intermediate-mid range). If you are a native speaker of a language other than English or if you have studied a second language for multiple years at the high school level, please consider testing for the Seal of Biliteracy!

The opportunity will be available to this year’s senior class this fall (Class of 2019).


Seal Letter to Families -English

Seal Letter to Families - Spanish

Testing will take place in October 2018 for this year’s seniors. Testing will begin the morning of 10/10 while underclassmen are taking the PSAT and continue (if necessary) on 10/18 during the 2-hour student early release time. Students must begin testing on 10/10.

Please contact the following people with questions:

Kim Moore (WPS World Language, EL & Bilingual Coordinator)

Amy Holt (LHHS Assistant Principal)

Greg Dirkson (MTS Assistant Principal)

If you are interested in testing for the Seal, please submit payment ($11 for Latin and $21 for other other languages) to Karen Kesilewski at MTS or Tracey Butka at LHHS by September 28, 2018. Checks can be made payable to your student’s school. If a student plans to test in more than one language, please submit payment accordingly.

If a student is testing in a lower incidence language (not offered on the AAPPL listed below) and will be using the ALTA assessment, please reach out to the designated Assistant Principal at your school to determine pricing.

Google Form to Register to Test for the Seal of Biliteracy

WPS will be using the following tests to test for and award the Seal of Biliteracy:

  • AAPPL - Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish Thai and ESL. ($21 per student)

Take a demo AAPPL test

A score of I-3 (see rubrics below) is required for all modules to receive the Seal of Biliteracy.

  • ALIRA - Latin ($11 per student)

Take an ALIRA demo

A score of I-3 (see rubrics below) is required for the interpretive module to receive the Seal of Biliteracy.

  • Low-incidence languages (home languages that students wish to test for that are not offered through the tests above) will be dealt with on a case by case basis. The district determines a plan for measuring a student’s proficiency in a low incidence language.

    • ALTA Language Testing offers normed assessments in many low-incidence languages. (Price TBD based on language but is approximately $150). Reach out to the designated Assistant Principal at your school to inquire about pricing.

Eligibility Criteria

AAPPL Interpersonal Listening/Speaking Score Descriptions

AAPPL/ALIRA Interpretive Reading/Listening Score Descriptions

AAPPL Presentational Writing Score Descriptions

AAPPL Score Report Sample