Dear BVT Families,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of an exciting academic credentialing opportunity that is available to all students, but is particularly intended for seniors. BVT students 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 visit the Language Testing International
To attain the Seal of Biliteracy
a student must meet or exceed the equivalent of 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. The Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction
may be earned with the equivalent of a 260 (Advanced) on the MCAS and an "Advanced Low" on all components of the AAPPL exam. Please contact World 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 student, but particularly seniors, may sign up to take the AAPPL 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, December 20th
. We will be administering the AAPPL in January/February. All AAPPL exams will be proctored on campus at BVT. More specific 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 Academic Curriculum Coordinator Edward Evans for more information prior to December 20th.
Thank you and we look forward to your participation and further credentialing!