Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

Knoxville School district 202 now recognizes an award called the Seal of Biliteracy and the State Commendation Toward Biliteracy that recognizes students who studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages, English and a language other than English, by high school graduation. The seal will appear on the transcript and diploma of each graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment to future employers and universities. The rationale for the Seal of Biliteracy:

  • Encourages the study of other languages.

  • Benefits to the students

    • Increasing employment opportunities by providing a method for identifying people with language and biliteracy skills.

    • Increasing academic opportunities by providing universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high level skills in multiple languages.

      • Starting January 1, 2017: For admissions purposes, requires each public university in this State to accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to 2 years of foreign language coursework taken during high school if a student's high school transcript indicates that he or she will be receiving or has received the State Seal of Biliteracy. Provides that each public community college and public university in this State shall establish criteria to translate a State Seal of Biliteracy into course credit based on foreign language course equivalencies identified by the community college's or university's faculty and staff. See House Bill 4330 for more information.

  • Benefits to the global community

    • Communicating with people from other cultures

    • Developing economic opportunities


A student will receive the Seal of Biliteracy if they attain a composite score (including listening, reading, speaking, and writing) equivalent to “Intermediate High” on the AAPPL language exam AND “meets standards” or “exceeds standards” for English language arts on either the ACT, SAT, or PARCC exam. The AAPPL is $20 per student.


A student will receive the State Commendation Towards Biliteracy if they fail to meet the requirements of the Seal but attain a composite score (including listening, reading, speaking, and writing) equivalent to “Intermediate Low” on the AAPPL language exam AND “meets standards” or “exceeds standards” for English language arts on either the ACT, SAT, or PARCC exam.

Please contact the Biliteracy coordinator if you have any questions:

Chad Bahnks
KHS Principal
(309)289-2324
cbahnks@bluebullets.org

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2017 West Corporation. All rights reserved.