Minnesota Certificate and Seals of Bilingualism

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    HISTORY:
        • In 2014, Minnesota created a law to award high school students’ proficiency in two or more languages, establishing Certificates and Seals of Bilingualism.
        • In 2015, the law was amended. Awards in Minnesota are now based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Levels of Proficiency.

     

     

     
     
    THERE ARE THREE LEVELS OF AWARDS:
    • World Language Proficiency Certificate – ACTFL Intermediate Low
    • Gold Bilingual (or Multilingual) Seal – ACTFL Intermediate High
    • Platinum Bilingual (or Multilingual) Seal – ACTFL Advanced Low and up

    MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO AWARD CREDITS:

     
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    STUDENTS WITH QUALIFYING TEST SCORES AT THE TIME OF GRADUATION:

    • Awards will be given at graduation time based on test scores available at that time
    • SPPS will post Certificates and Seals to transcripts at that time

    AFTER GRADUATION?

    • Since AP and IB scores from spring testing arrive after graduation (in the summer), Certificates and Seals will be awarded and mailed retroactively to graduates.
    • SPPS will post Certificates and Seals to transcripts at that time.