Seal of Biliteracy
Rock Island-Milan School District #41 has implemented the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation toward Biliteracy during the 2022-2023 school year for students who attain proficiency in English and another language. This seal will appear on the transcript and diploma of each eligible graduating senior and is a definite statement of accomplishment to future employers, colleges, and universities.
Our English Language (EL) programs in collaboration with the RIHS World Language and English Departments aim to develop students into biliterate adults who can actively contribute in our global world. The Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation toward Biliteracy affirm our commitment to these goals. These awards encourage all students to study other languages. Additionally, these awards increase employment and earning opportunities through the formal recognition of language and biliteracy skills.
Public colleges and universities in Illinois are required to accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to 2 years of foreign language coursework taken during high school and award college credit if a student’s high school transcript indicates that he or she will be receiving or has received the State Seal of Biliteracy. See Illinois School Code 105 ILCS5/2-3.159 for more information.
A student will receive the Seal of Biliteracy if he/she attains a composite score (including listening, reading, speaking, and writing) equivalent to “Intermediate High” on the STAMP 4S language exam AND demonstrates English proficiency on either the SAT (at least cut score of 480), ACT (at least composite English score of 21), or ACCESS (composite 4.8 or higher) exam during high school.
All costs associated with the program are paid for by the district. For more information regarding the Seal of Biliteracy, visit https://www.isbe.net/sealofbiliteracy or email the Rock Island Milan School District at [email protected].
RIMSD41 high school students in grades 10-12 who wish to sign up for spring Seal of Biliteracy assessments should provide their information within this form for scheduling and future communication purposes. (Deadline to apply is Feb. 28th of each year.)