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Alton Community Unit School District 11

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State Seal and Commendation of Biliteracy

The State Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition given by a district/school to graduating high school students who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in both English and in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in another world language.
 
The State Commendation toward Biliteracy is a recognition given by a district/school to graduating high school students who have demonstrated significant progress toward achieving a high level of proficiency in both English and in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in another world language.
 
Proficiency can be demonstrated through the local assessments listed below. 
State Seal Chart
Alternatively, students may earn the Seal or Commendation through the portfolio method.  To qualify for the Seal or Commendation under these circumstances, a student will need to build a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates their proficiency in the language. If a standardized test exists for the target language, then the portfolio method is not allowed.
 
If a State Seal of Biliteracy or a State Commendation of Biliteracy is awarded, the student’s diploma will contain the ISBE Seal or Commendation graphic.  Student transcripts will also contain language that shares that the student has attained the State Seal of Biliteracy of the State Commendation toward Biliteracy. The target language will be indicated on both documents.
 
For more information regarding the State Seal of Biliteracy or the State Commendation of Biliteracy, please contact Rene Hart at rhart@altonschools.org