NJ Seal of Biliteracy
**NJ Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Assessment Information for Junior and Seniors**
Seniors who wish to achieve the NJ Seal of Biliteracy may take the assessment in December 2018. The assessment will take place during unit lunch. More information will follow in the coming months. 11th graders will have the opportunity to sit for the assessment in February 2019. Students should see their World Language teacher for information.
1. What is the NJ Seal of Biliteracy?
NJ Seal of Biliteracy is a distinction that students achieve by demonstrating that they are able to speak, read, listen and write in two or more languages at a high level of proficiency.
2. What is the purpose of the NJ Seal of Biliteracy?
The Seal of Biliteracy seeks to:
- Encourage students to study languages
- Certify attainment of biliteracy
- Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
- Provide universities with a method to recognize and award academic credit to applicants seeking admission
- Prepare students with 21st century skills
- Recognize and promote second language instruction in public schools
- Strengthen intergroup relationships, affirm the value of diversity, and honor the multiple cultures and language of a community
3. What are the requirements to gain the NJ Seal of Biliteracy?
In order for students to be eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy, they must meet certain criteria:
- Students must demonstrate a proficiency level of Intermediate Mid in a World Language.
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in English by meeting State high school graduation requirements in English or its alternatives, including through State ELA assessments.
4. When will the pilot assessment take place and what assessment will students take?
Students will take the STAMP 4S assessment over 4 lunch periods in December and February.