The SEAL OF BILITERACY is a distinction that encourages students to pursue literacy in two or more languages, honors the language skills our students attain, and serves as evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. Students meeting the Massachusetts Department Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for the Seal of Biliteracy will receive this designation in the form of an insignia affixed to their transcripts or diplomas.

  • Application Deadline: December 20, 2019, at 2:30 PM
  • READ THE FAQs Section before completing the application.
  • Application Process:
    • Apply for the Seal here.  If you are applying for a re-test, use the link provided in the email from Mr. Eagan.
    • Pay for the AAPPL® or ALIRA® assessment here. Click on the World Languages button then find the appropriate test.  NB:  If you have an AP® score from junior year, you may not need to take a test.  Read more below.

To qualify for the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy, a student must meet all graduation requirements and:

(a) Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English.
Students who satisfy the English Language Arts requirement of the Competency Determination described in 603 CMR 30.03(2)(a) or (3)(a) satisfy the English criteria for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

For students who have taken the ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Grade 10 MCAS prior to the spring of 2019, that means meeting or exceeding the PROFICIENT threshold scaled score of 240. [1] Students who earn a scaled score between 220 and 238 may satisfy the English Language criteria for the Seal of Biliteracy if they fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan [2].

(b) Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a foreign language.

Students who attain a score or level at the INTERMEDIATE-HIGH level of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines of 2012, published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, on a language assessment approved by the Department satisfy the foreign language criteria for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

A student may also be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a foreign language under certain circumstances as described in the Portfolio-Based Alternative Evidence Method for Foreign Language Assessments. (See —Guidelines for Implementing the State Seal of Biliteracy, Section V.)

Wellesley Public Schools will facilitate this requirement for students by offering at least one of the approved foreign language assessments in-district at least annually. At this time, we will offer the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL®) to all interested students for modern languages* and the ALIRA® for students of Latin.

Anyone who scored 4 or 5 on any of the following AP® Exams in May 2019 does not need to take the AAPPL or ALIRA assessments (but must still apply for the Seal):

  • Advanced Placement (AP®) Language and Culture
  • Advanced Placement (AP®) Literature and Culture
  • Advanced Placement (AP®) Latin

Administration Dates will be published annually when the application form is sent out.

Students who seek the Seal for a language not offered on the AAPPL or ALIRA must read the portfolio process carefully and contact the department head and your guidance counselor within 24 hours of completing this application.

To earn the State SEAL OF BILITERACY WITH DISTINCTION, students must meet the following criteria:

English: meeting or exceeding the ADVANCED threshold scaled score of 260 on the current ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS grade 10 MCAS test; and Foreign Language: scoring at the ADVANCED-LOW level of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines of 2012 on an assessment approved by the Department or demonstrating an Advanced-Low level of proficiency through a portfolio-based alternative evidence method described above.

*The AAPPL® is available in:

 Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.

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