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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 (Class of 2020) on October 16, 2019. Seniors will test during the morning on this day while the underclassmen take the PSAT. 

The webinar linked below offers a wealth of information regarding the Seal; however, the due date for payment and the date of administration at the end of the webinar are out of date. All other information in the webinar is relevant.

Webinar

Seal Letter to Families -English

Seal Letter to Families - Spanish

Please contact the following people with questions:

Kim Moore kmoore@wallingfordschools.org (WPS World Language, EL & Bilingual Coordinator)

Amy Holt aholt@wallingfordschools.org (LHHS Assistant Principal)

Greg Dirkson gdirkson@wallingfordschools.org (MTS Assistant Principal)

If you are interested in testing (or retesting) for the Seal, please read the following:

  • Submit payment ($11 for Latin and $21 for other languages) to Karen Kesilewski at MTS or Robin Shura at LHHS by Thursday, October 10, 2019. Checks can be made payable to your school. 

    • If a student is retesting in one or more modules, the pricing per module is as follows:

      • $10 Speaking

      • $5 Writing

      • $5 Reading/Listening

    • 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 Kim Moore to determine pricing.

  • Complete the 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) 

See an ALIRA sample test

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 Kim Moore to inquire about pricing.

SealofBiliteracy.org

Eligibility Criteria

AAPPL Interpersonal Listening/Speaking Score Descriptions

AAPPL/ALIRA Interpretive Reading/Listening Score Descriptions

AAPPL Presentational Writing Score Descriptions

AAPPL Score Report Sample