Minnesota Certificate and Seals of Bilingualism
- In 2014, Minnesota created a law to award high school students’ proficiency in two or more languages, establishing Certificates and Seals of Bilingualism.
THERE ARE THREE LEVELS OF AWARDS:
- 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.
- 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:
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
- 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.