Seal of Biliteracy

This year Oak Park and River Forest High School—District 200 will once again award the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy to students who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English.  This Seal of Biliteracy is a national recognition, and students meeting the requirements of the Seal of Biliteracy will receive this designation on their transcripts as well as their diplomas.

In order to obtain the Seal of Biliteracy, a student must show proficiency in both English and a second language.  The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those seniors enrolled in a fourth-year honors or AP language class who demonstrate proficiency in English and whose second-language proficiency level is equivalent to Intermediate-High, as determined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

The requirements for English proficiency are to:

  • Earn a minimum score of 18 in English and 22 in Reading on the ACT test OR

  • Earn 5.0 on the ACCESS exam with a minimum subtest score of 4.2 in reading and writing.  The ACCESS test is specifically for students in the English Language Learning (ELL) program

To show second-language proficiency a student must:

  • Earn a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement language exam (The Advanced Placement exam is the only qualifier for the following languages:  Italian, Japanese, and Latin) OR

  • Earn a minimum score of 1-5 on the AAPPL exam (Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages), which the high school will administer in February 2017.  The languages that can be assessed with the AAPPL exam are Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. More information.

For more information about the Seal of Biliteracy, please contact World Languages Division Head Claudia Sahagun at