•  Online Letterhead - Edward Evans III  

    February 4, 2019
    Dear BVT Families,
    The purpose of this letter is to inform you of an exciting credentialing opportunity that is now available. BVT students now have the opportunity to be officially recognized by the state for demonstrating proficiency in English and another world language through the Seal of Biliteracy.

    The purposes of the Seal of Biliteracy are to encourage students to study languages, recognize and honor the value of language diversity, provide employers and universities with a method of identifying people with biliteracy skills, and prepare students with skills that will benefit them in the labor market and society.

    To earn the Seal of Biliteracy students must demonstrate high proficiency thresholds on both the ELA MCAS test to demonstrate knowledge of English and a state-approved exam to demonstrate proficiency in another world language of the student’s choice. BVT has chosen to administer the AAPPL, (The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages) which is available in a wide range of languages. For information about the exam (and offered languages) please click here.

    To attain the Seal of Biliteracy a student must meet or exceed a score of 240 (Proficient) on the grade 10 English Language Arts MCAS and attain a minimum of “Intermediate high” on all components of the AAPPL exam taken in grade 12 in the language of the student’s choice as determined by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language) proficiency guidelines.

    To attain the Seal of Biliteracy With Distinction, a student must meet or exceed a score of 260 (Advanced) on the grade 10 ELA MCAS and attain a minimum of “Advanced Low” on all components of the AAPPL exam taken in grade 12 in the language of the student’s choice. For information about the ACTFL proficiency guidelines, please click here. Please contact Foreign Language Team Leader Kerry Moynihan or Teacher of English Learners Christine Bates with further questions about the AAPPL exam or the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

    Any interested senior may sign up to take the AAPPL this March for potential Seal of Biliteracy recognition. The AAPPL exam costs $20; checks can be made out to "BVT" with the words “AAPPL exam” and the student’s name in the subject line. Payment must be received in the Business Office by Tuesday, February 26th. All AAPPL exams will be proctored on campus at BVT. More details will be provided to students and families upon registration.

    Any student on free or reduced lunch who would like to take the AAPPL exam for the purpose of obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy should contact Edward Evans, Academic Curriculum Coordinator for more information prior to February 26th.

    Thank you and we look forward to your participation and further credentialing!

    Edward W. Evans III                                       Kerry Moynihan                                        Christine Bates 
    Academic Curriculum Coordinator            Foreign Language Team Leader           Teacher of English Learners