• Missouri Seal of Biliteracy

  • What is the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy?  
    The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is an award granted by a local district to recognize a student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other world language(s) before high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes a part of the high school transcript for these students and serves to certify attainment of biliteracy for the community, employers and universities. The Missouri Seal is meant to 

    • encourage the study of a second language; 
    • recognize, promote, and praise students for their accomplishment; 
    • value diversity; 
    • provide employers with a means of identifying bilingual employees; 
    • provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants; 
    • prepare students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in a global economy and society; and 
    • strengthen relationships and honor the cultures and languages in a community. 

    Information provided by the MO Seal of Biliteracy Resource Guide.

    Eligibility
    The Missouri Seal is intended to be earned by graduating high school students as well as awarded and celebrated at the culmination of the students’ senior year. Native English speaking students may acquire the second language through traditional world language classrooms, community-based programs, at home, worldly experiences or any other method attempted by the student. English learners (ELs) and other heritage language learners are also eligible. It is important to emphasize that ALL students acquiring any language in addition to English is a potential awardee. As the Missouri Seal is intended to promote not only the acquisition of a second language but also the participation in a global society and economy, a measure of sociocultural competency is required of all students earning the Missouri Seal.

    Information provided by the MO Seal of Biliteracy Resource Guide.

    Assessment
    Liberty Public Schools has chosen the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) test to assess students' language proficiency. Students must score at Intermediate 3 (I-3) or above in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to earn the MO Seal of Biliteracy. Students who score at the advanced level (A) for all domains (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) will earn the Distinguished MO Seal of Biliteracy.

    Benefits of Earning the MO Seal of Biliteracy

    • Serves to certify attainment of biliteracy to employers, universities, and the community
    • University incentives
    • Official documentation on high school transcript
    • Recognition at high school graduation ceremony
    • Special recognition from the district (students are awarded a medal and certificate)