The Dept of Education approved and adopted the Seal of Biliteracy to issue to high school students that demonstrate high levels of language learning in both English and a second language. The Seal may be awarded to any student receiving a high school diploma who has demonstrated Intermediate High proficiency on acceptable world language assessments; and met the English Language Arts requirements for graduation or demonstrated proficiency on a validated test of proficiency for English Learners. The Seal has been created to encourage students to study world languages and embrace their native and heritage languages. The Seal will provide employers with a way to identify individuals with strong language and biliteracy skills. The Seal may serve as an additional tool for colleges and universities to recognize applicants’ language abilities for admission and placement.
The Seal of Biliteracy requires students to meet the following criteria:
• Meet high school graduation requirements at your school (must have high grade in English); AND
• Demonstrate Intermediate High or above proficiency in foreign language
By getting Intermediate High or above in the AJA Language Proficiency Assessment in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Tamil will meet the foreign language proficiency. AJA Language Proficiency Assessment is approved by Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia Department of Education for the Seal of Biliteracy in Tamil Language. It helps support our students becoming competitive on a global scale.
Timeline for Testing a Student’s Proficiency:
In order to award the seal, students must demonstrate an Intermediate High or greater proficiency in a language other than English. There are a few ways to qualify for the seal in a language other than English:
One process is through AJA Language Proficiency Assessment for Tamil language - students need to pass the Tamil proficiency test that demonstrate proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing with a assessment of Intermediate High or higher proficiency.
If you anticipate your student will be interested in pursuing the seal, please submit the application and we will be in contact with you about next steps.