Ohio Seal of Biliteracy Program

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Ohio Seal of Biliteracy Program


Ohio Seal of Biliteracy

Ohio Seal of Biliteracy
The Ohio Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district or state to recognize graduating seniors who can demonstrate high levels of proficiency in English and at least one other language.
 
Biliteracy is the ability to communicate with a high level of proficiency in two languages. Biliterate communication requires the student to have the ability to read and write another language, as well as the ability listen to and comprehend (or speak/sign) the second language. 
 
The student must have the ability to use culturally-appropriate language to communicate spontaneously in non-rehearsed contexts with a high degree of competence, in real-life situations.

Purposes:
  1. Encourage the study of languages;
  2. Certify the attainment of biliteracy;
  3. Give employers insights on the skills of graduates;
  4. Give universities an additional mechanism to identify srong candidates for admission;
  5. Prepare students with 21st century skills;
  6. Recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction; and
  7. Strengthen inter-group relationships and affirm the value of diversity 

How to Qualify

Seniors at Groveport Madison High School have the opportunity to obtain the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy. The Ohio Seal of Biliteracy is an award conferred on graduating high school seniors who can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English and at least one world (foreign) language. 

To obtain the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy students must meet both of the criteria listed below:
  1. Meet an English language arts assessment score through one of the following:
    Earn proficient level (700) or higher on Ohio's required state tests for high school English language arts I and II or
    Earn a remediation-free score on the English and reading sections of the ACT (English-18, Reading-22) or SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing-480, Reading-450) or
    Earn a score of proficient or higher on the 9-12 English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)
  2. Obtain a qualifying score on a state approved world language vendor assessment.
    Scoring a 4 or 5 on a world language AP assessment the spring of their junior year or
    Through a testing opportunity on another state approved vendor assessment.
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