Seal of Biliteracy
Seal of Biliteracy
The Washington state Seal of Biliteracy recognizes public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. To earn the Seal of Biliteracy, students must demonstrate proficiency in English and in one or more world languages. The previous requirement for students to pass the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English Language Arts (ELA) has been removed with this rule change. English proficiency must now be demonstrated by meeting the statewide minimum graduation requirements in English established by the State Board of Education under RCW 28A.230.090 and by graduating with their chosen pathway (RCW 28A.300.575, WAC 392-410-350). World language proficiency must be demonstrated through an OSPI approved assessment.
Updated Rules for English Proficiency
To earn the Seal of Biliteracy, students must demonstrate proficiency in English. English proficiency must be demonstrated by meeting the statewide minimum graduation requirements in English language arts for the student’s chosen pathway established by the State Board of Education under RCW 28A.655.250(link is external). If a student has shown enough English proficiency to graduate, then that is appropriate to prove English proficiency for the Seal. Students in all graduation pathways or an approved waiver during SY21-22 are eligible for the Seal. More information is available HERE
2022-2023 Testing Information
To earn the Seal of Biliteracy, students must demonstrate proficiency in BOTH English AND one or more world languages.
Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in BOTH reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Students can register for any of the test dates/locations. Tests take approximately 3.5 hours.
The location for in-person tests is indicated above. Transportation is not provided.
Shorecrest: November 16, 2022, 1 pm - 4:30 pm Deadline to register/pay: November 4. Contact: Laura Gygi-Gamble
Shorewood: December 7, 2022, 1 pm - 4:30 pm Deadline to register/pay: November 25. Contact: Jack Drummond
Einstein: February 7, 2023, 9 am - 12:30 pm Deadline to register/pay: January 26. Contact: Jamila Gordon
Shorecrest: February 8, 2023, 1 pm - 4:30 pm Deadline to register/pay: January 27. Contact: Laura Gygi-Gamble
Shorewood: March 29, 2023, 1 pm - 4:30 pm Deadline to register/pay: March 17. Contact: Jack Drummond
Kellogg: April 13, 2023, 9 am - 12:30 pm Deadline to register/pay: March 31.Contact: Casey Campbell, Pattie Koeller, Marie Hurtado
Testing Information and Registration
Test instructions are both in English and the target language.
For financial assistance, please reach out to your school contact above or your counselor.
STAMP/Worldspeak are computer-based tests. Students must be able to read, type, speak in the tested language and understand instructions in English.
If you do not see the language you would like to test below or would prefer to take a paper test and a phone interview, you will be assigned an ALTA test ($134.00).
Languages tested by ALTA can be found HERE. To request the ALTA test, please contact email@example.com and specify the testing date and location.
AVANT STAMP $25.00
AVANT STAMP WORLDSPEAK $25.00
Washington State Seal of Biliteracy In Washington State
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/RESOURCES
- WORLD LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Avant Tech Guide
- ALTA Candidate Instructions – Writing Test
Custom Tests do not have a Test Taker Guide
Contact your counselor or firstname.lastname@example.org