Seal of Biliteracy Recognition
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award issued by the state department of education and local school district to recognize a student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other World Languages by high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the student’s official Park City High School Transcript. The Seal serves to certify attainment of biliteracy for students, employers, and universities. It is a statement of accomplishment that helps to signal evidence of a student’s readiness for career and college, and for engagement as a global citizen.
To qualify, students must show evidence of language proficiency in BOTH English and a Second Language through approved qualifying assessments in grades 9-12. Approved assessments include ACT, SAT, AP, AAPPL, and WIDA. For a full list of state-approved qualifying assessments, see this Acceptable Evidence of Proficiency document. Not all qualifying assessments are offered by the Park City School District. Outside testing may be available at other locations, but you should first get confirmation that the assessment will qualify. Contact Anne Wallace, District DLI Specialist, if you have questions about assessments.
- District staff will attempt to identify Seniors who qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy through assessments taken within the District, or reported to the District, such as AP and ACT. Students identified by this method do not need to submit an application. They will be notified of their award qualification in the spring of their Senior year.
- Any student who believes they have met the requirements may submit a Seal of Biliteracy Application to the Registrar by May 15 of the student’s SENIOR year. The student should NOT submit their application until they have taken the requisite assessments and can self-report their scores on the application. (AP scores are released over the summer, and therefore, Seniors waiting for their AP scores should submit their application by the May 15 deadline. Transcripts will be updated appropriately upon score verification in August.)
Reference: Utah State Board of Education Seal of Biliteracy