Missouri Seal of Biliteracy

  • The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy and the Distinguished Missouri Seal of Biliteracy are designed to recognize students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more world languages before high school graduation. The recognition of biliteracy becomes part of the student's high school transcript and serves to certify attainment of biliteracy for the community, employers and universities. The Missouri Seal is meant to:

    • encourage the study of a second language;
    • recognize, promote and praise students for their accomplishments;
    • value diversity;
    • provide employers with a means of identifying bilingual employees;
    • provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants;
    • prepare students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in a global economy and society; and
    • strengthen relationships and honor the cultures and languages in the community.

English Language Proficiency

  • Seal of Biliteracy Criteria

    • 3.0 grade-point average for all English coursework
    • English II EOC assessment score of 'Proficient' (native speakers)
    • ACCESS for ELs assessment score of 4.0
    • ACT reading score of 18

    Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy Criteria

    • 3.5 grade-point average for all English coursework
    • English II EOC assessment score of 'Advanced' (native speakers)
    • ACCESS for ELs assessment score of 4.7
    • ACT reading score of 21

World Language Proficiency

  • Seal of Biliteracy Criteria

    • Advanced Placement score of 3 or 4
    • International Baccalaureate score of 4 or 5 (Standard Level)
    • International Baccalaureate score of 4 (Higher Level)
    • STAMP4S score of Intermediate Mid (all three domains)

    Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy Criteria

    • Advanced Placement score of 5
    • International Baccalaureate score of 6 or higher (Standard Level)
    • International Baccalaureate score of 5 or higher (Higher Level)
    • STAMP4S score of Advanced Low (all three domains)

Sociocultural Competence

  • Students must establish high levels of sociocultural competence as it relates to English and world languages, as well as demonstrate positive attitudes toward bilingualism and using both languages in a culturally appropriate way. Activities that display sociocultural competency include, but are not limited to:

    • language immersion trips;
    • elementary school cultural days and high school cultural week;
    • translation assisting community organization;
    • completion of community service project using both languages;
    • active participation in multicultural community events; or
    • essay explaining how proficiency in both languages will help the community.

    Students interested in the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy program should contact their modern language teacher or email Dorothy Jamieson at djamieson@lindberghschools.ws for more information.