Maryland Seal of Biliteracy

Calvert County Public Schools is participating in the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Program. This distinguished program is voluntary for interested students and recognizes high school students who have attained high levels of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. This recognition will be based upon high levels of proficiency on one of several external assessments such as Advanced Placement examinations or others endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded to students who have met the requirements upon high school graduation as well as those graduating seniors whose test results (AP) might not be received until after graduation.

Purpose of the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy

High school graduates who can function in two or more languages are equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate successfully in college, careers, and a diverse 21st century society.

The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is to:

  • Recognize the value of language learning in public schools
  • Encourage students to attain high proficiency levels in one or more languages in addition to English
  • Affirm native or heritage languages
  • Provide employers with a method of identifying individuals with language and biliteracy skills
  • Prepare students with the critical skills necessary to function in a global society
  • Strengthen cross-cultural communication
  • Affirm the value of diversity
  • Honor the multiple cultures and languages within our community

Eligibility Criteria

To receive the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy, a Calvert County Public Schools student must:

  1. Pass English PARCC 10 (score of 725 or higher) AND
  2. Demonstrate Intermediate High proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English, as measured by assessments that are aligned to the ACTFL guidelines and approved by MSDE, such as AP exams with a score of 4 or 5 and ACTFL assessments with a score of Intermediate High or above in each domain.*

*Complete list of approved assessments

Process for Applying for the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy

A student wishing to earn the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy should:

  1. Print out and complete the application (applications can also be obtained from the school's guidance counselor, world language teacher, or ESOL teacher).
  2. Verify with guidance that he/she has met the English PARCC 10 requirement.
  3. Determine which language assessment he/she will use to demonstrate proficiency in the language other than English, and return the student application to the school guidance counselor.
  4. Take part in a qualifying assessment. The assessment is at the student's expense and can be taken externally with score reports shared with CCPS. CCPS will host the AP exams as usual, and CCPS will host the AAPPL exams in late March and early May. If a language is not available with either of these assessments, the student will have to test externally with another test listed on the Assessments Approved by MSDE document.
  5. Once score reports are obtained, share them with CCPS via the guidance department, who will forward them to the Supervisor of the World Languages and ESOL programs for processing.

Recognition

Students who successfully meet the requirements for the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy will have the attainment recorded on their official transcripts and will receive a congratulatory letter from the State Superintendent, a certificate, and a medal of the Seal, which can be worn at graduation exercises. Students who have not yet received AP results will have their transcripts amended once scores are provided and may have a separate recognition at a Calvert County Board of Education meeting.

More Information

Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Program Website
Frequently Asked Questions
Student Application

CCPS Contact Information

Britta Sparks
Supervisor of World Languages & ESOL
sparksbr@calvertnet.k12.md.us
443-550-8043
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