Norton City Schools

Ohio Seal of Biliteracy

What is the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy

For the Class of 2018 and beyond, an Ohio Seal of Biliteracy recognizes graduating seniors who can demonstrate high levels of proficiency in English and at least one other language. Norton HS may present the Seal of Biliteracy to a student by following the guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Education.
 
A Seal of Biliteracy is literally a statement that is added to a student's transcript at the time of graduation that reads, "<Student Name> is awarded the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy for demonstrating high levels of proficiency in English and <world language>.”
 
To be eligible for a Seal of Biliteracy assessment, a student must be within 15 months of graduation.  
 
To earn a Seal of Biliteracy, a student must first demonstrate proficiency in English in one of 4 ways:
  1. Earned a proficient level or higher on Ohio’s required state tests for high school English language arts I and II; or
  2. Earned a remediation-free score on the English and reading sections of the ACT or SAT; or
  3. Earned a proficient level or higher on an Ohio Department of Education-approved alternative assessment (TerraNova or Iowa Test)
  4. Earned a score of proficient or higher on the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA).

 

A student must also demonstrate proficiency in another language by meeting 1 of 6 of the ODE-established criteria below.  Norton High School uses the AAPPL test for Spanish and French. (Additional tests may be used for languages other than Spanish or French)
  1. Passed an Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination with a score of 4 or higher; or
  2. Passed an International Baccalaureate (IB) foreign language examination with a score of 5 or higher on the Higher Level exam or a score of 6 or higher on the Standard Level exam; or
  3. Attained a score of Intermediate High or higher in comprehension, speaking, reading and writing the foreign language based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines found at actfl.org/, using assessments approved by the Ohio Department of Education; or
  4. Qualified for proficiency-based credits through Ohio’s credit flexibility program and attained a score of Intermediate High or higher in comprehension, speaking, reading and writing based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines using assessments approved by the Ohio Department of Education; or
  5. Attained a score equivalent to Intermediate High or higher on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines in interpersonal signing, presentational signing and demonstrating understanding of American Sign Language on an American Sign Language assessment approved by the Ohio Department of Education; or
  6. Attained a score equivalent to Intermediate High or higher on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines in interpretive reading and presentational writing on a classical language assessment approved by the Ohio Department of Education. 

For additional information on Ohio's Seal of Biliteracy, please click here.

AAPPL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Test Dates 2019 
 
Initial Testing Dates 
March 5 & March 6, 2019
 
Retests and Make-Ups
April 23, 2019
 
Seniors interested in retaking one or more parts of the Seal of Biliteracy test must email Mrs. Olivieri by  February 7, 2019, to let her know what section(s): aolivieri@nortonschools.org