Over 50 Arlington High School students are taking proficiency assessments this year to qualify for the new Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.
To qualify for the Seal, students must achieve a minimum proficiency level in their language in addition to English. We currently have students testing in French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic, Latin, German, and Portuguese, along with students submitting language portfolios in Greek and Hungarian. Students with proficiency in any language may either take a proficiency assessment or submit a language portfolio to demonstrate their proficiency level.
In this our pilot year, most students taking the assessments are current juniors, who will be awarded the Seal at the beginning of their senior year, should they qualify. Three seniors tested early, and we look forward to reporting their scores soon.