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Requirements to Demonstrate Knowledge of English

To be eligible to be awarded the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy, each student shall demonstrate proficiency in English. 

  • Minimum proficiency scores on one of the following exams must be met to be considered.
  • The district will set the submission date of assessment proficiency scores  and communicate that with students.
Exam Minimum Score
ACT –  American College Testing English 18
ELPA21 – English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century in grades 9- 12. 4 or 5 in all domains (reading, writing, speaking, listening) which equates to overall proficiency of 3
ISASP or Iowa Assessments Proficiency
AP Language or AP Literature Exam 3
SAT English 470


Requirements to Demonstrate Knowledge of a Second Language

To be eligible to be awarded the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy, students shall demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.

Assessment options: 

Exam Minimum Score
AP Language and Culture (Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese) 3
International Baccalaureate 4
ACTFL Intermediate 2
Standards Based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) Intermediate-Mid (5)
American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) 3

Other assessment options: students may use to demonstrate proficiency in a second language not assessed using the district approved assessment (cost not provided by the district) are available on this document:

Iowa Department of Education Seal of Biliteracy Guidance Document