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Seal of Biliteracy FAQ

Who is eligible to earn the Seal of Biliteracy?

How will proficiency in English be determined?

Which world languages will be assessed in Catalina Foothills
School District?

How will proficiency in other languages be determined?

Who pays for the STAMP 4S test?

Can a student take the STAMP 4S in more than one world language?

If a student qualifies for the Seal of Biliteracy in more than one world language, how will that be handled?

All CFSD students are eligible to earn the Seal of Biliteracy by graduation based on evidence of achieving the required level of language proficiency in English, as well as one or more additional world languages. Students are invited to register for the STAMP 4S test in their junior and/or senior years. Freshmen and sophomores may register in testing sessions if seats are available.

Students must successfully complete all high school English courses required for graduation.

The state of Arizona does not mandate which languages each district will assess for the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy. Instead, school districts select languages based on their unique contexts as well as the approved assessment tools that they choose to use. Some districts, for example, offer the Seal of Biliteracy only in languages that are taught in their own K-12 systems. CFSD has elected to offer the Seal of Biliteracy in twelve languages (two of which are taught at CFHS): Spanish, Mandarin Chinese (traditional or simplified), Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Russian. More languages will be added as approved assessments are developed.

Students will take Avant Assessment's STAMP 4S test to demonstrate proficiency in the world language(s) of their choice. For detailed information about Avant Assessment's STAMP 4S, click here.

Students are responsible for test fees.

Yes, however there is a separate testing fee for each language that is selected and the student must take each test during a separate testing session.

If a student earns the Seal of Biliteracy in two or more world languages, the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy will be affixed to the student's diploma and a notation will be made on the student's transcript regarding the level of distinction earned in each language.


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