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Seal of Biliteracy


The Seal of Biliteracy in Illinois is a significant accomplishment that opens doors to new opportunities and enriches a student’s education and personal growth.  This is an award given to high school students who have demonstrated proficiency in two or more languages.  To earn this prestigious award within the Moline-Coal Valley School District, students must:

  • Meet the state’s graduation requirements for high school

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a minimum score of XX on the SAT or a 4.8 score on the ACCESS assessment (if the student is an English Learner)

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a second language by achieving a 3 or 4 on the Advanced Placement Exam or an XX on the AAPPL assessment

Some of the benefits of earning the Seal of Biliteracy in Illinois are:

  • Enhanced job opportunities: In today’s global economy, being bilingual or multilingual is a valuable skill that can make a job candidate more attractive to employers.  The Seal of Biliteracy can be a valuable addition to a student’s resume and may increase their chances of being hired or receiving a promotion.

  • Colleges and universities often look favorably on applicants who have earned a Seal of Biliteracy.  It can demonstrate to admissions officers that a student has a strong commitment to language learning and a well-rounded education.  In Illinois, universities also will offer class credit for students who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy.

  • Improved cultural awareness, as students who have studied a second language often have developed better understanding of other cultures and perspectives.  This can lead to greater empathy, tolerance, and appreciation for diversity.

  • Learning a second language can also provide numerous cognitive and social benefits, including improved memory, attention, and problem-solving skills, as well as increased self-confidence and socialization skills.