Seal of Biliteracy

St. Charles CUSD 303 honors qualifying students with the Seal of Biliteracy.  This seal is to recognize students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English and another language.  Students must meet the state approved proficiency level on both state approved English and foreign language assessments.  Applying for this recognition is voluntary and the families are responsible for the cost associated with taking the qualifying assessments.  Once the student has demonstrated proficiency in English and another language, the designation will be added to the student’s transcript and affixed to the diploma upon graduation.  Illinois school code requires each public university and community college in the state of Illinois to accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to two years of foreign language coursework taken in high school.  Furthermore, it also requires Illinois public universities and community colleges to establish criteria to translate a State Seal of Biliteracy into course credit based on foreign language course equivalencies.  Students are required to request this opportunity from the university/community college they attend.

In order to earn the Seal of Biliteracy, each student must demonstrate proficiency in English and another language during high school.  Students who approach the criteria but do not meet it may be eligible for the Commendation toward Biliteracy. The table below provides information about the qualifying tests and scores a student must achieve.

Assessments Language(s) Seal of Biliteracy
Minimum Qualifying Score
Commendation toward Biliteracy
Minimum Qualifying Score
Placement (AP)
Language and Culture Exam
4 3
Placement (AP)
Latin 4 3
Chinese (Mandarin)
I-5 (Form B)
(for all four components)
(for all four components)
ACTFL (ALIRA) Latin I-5 (Form B) I-1
English 5 overall composite and 4.2 in reading and 4.2 in writing 3.5 literacy (reading+writing average)
ACT English 18 on the English Test or 21 composite score
SAT English Qualifying score(s) on the SAT yet to be released by ISBE

For freshman, sophomores, and juniors, AP Exam scores can be used to demonstrate proficiency, and the AAPPL test may not be required.  If a senior has taken an approved assessment in previous years and met the minimum criteria, that score can be used to demonstrate proficiency.  

The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) and the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) will be administered by District 303.   AAPPL Measure is comprised of four components:  Interpretive Listening, Interpretive Reading, Interpersonal Listening and Speaking, and Presentational Writing.

The AAPPL Measure is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  Additional information can be found at

The ALIRA measures the student’s ability to read for comprehension a variety of Latin-language texts.  Additional information can be found at

At this time, other  languages are not  available through  proficiency exam in  District 303,  but if you have been  attending  a school  outside  of District 303  for  another language,  it is possible  for  your school to provide verification of the required language proficiency level. Please see for ISBE approved school.

Please consider applying for this special recognition.  If you have any questions, please ask your school counselor, foreign language/ELL teacher, or the Assistant Principal for Instructional Programs at your home high school.