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
2023-2024 Testing Schedule will be posted in August 2023
Testing Information and Registration
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). See the languages offered by ALTA.
AVANT STAMP $25.00
Washington State Seal of Biliteracy In Washington State
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/RESOURCES
- WORLD LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Avant STAMP Sample Tests
Avant STAMP Test Taker Guide
- Avant Tech Guide
Avant WorldSpeak Test Taker Guide
- ALTA Candidate Instructions – Writing Test
ALTA Scoring Protocols for Language Testing
ASL Proficiency Test Information
Custom Tests do not have a Test Taker Guide
Contact your school counselor or Kristine Lemmé at kristine.lemmé@ssd412.org