Casa Grande Union High School District is participating in the Arizona Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by Casa Grande High School District to qualifying students in recognition of those who have attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Additionally, the Seal recognizes, supports, and endorses students' first/home languages.
The Seal is open to any student who qualifies, including ELL students and exchange students. The Seal encourages participants to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. It takes the form of a seal that appears on the diploma of the graduating senior and is also documented on their official transcript.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than sixty-five million U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home—a number that has been growing decade by decade since the 1970s. Nevertheless, that number represents only 20.7 percent of the total population, and only a fraction of this cohort speaks, reads, and comprehends a second language well enough to use it in their everyday lives. Most American citizens remain monolingual.
CGUHSD students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy receive a qualification email, a certificate signed by the Superintendent, a cord, and a medal. A gold seal is placed on the student's diploma and documentation of the Seal, by language, is recorded on the student's official CGUHSD transcript. Please note that if students qualify as a junior, they will receive a qualification email and the designation will be posted to their transcript, however, the certificate, the cord, the medal, and the gold-embossed seal for the diploma will be awarded when they are a senior prior to graduation.
Please, see the information in this link
and contact Dr. Roel, WL/electives SME and Seal of Biliteracy coordinator at [email protected]
for any questions or concerns.
- Students may receive the Seal of Biliteracy through English Language Proficiency and Second Language Proficiency.
- Must complete all English Language Arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average in those classes of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language through an assessment method (approved list below) or an alternative evidence model.
- Assessment Method: To demonstrate language proficiency through the assessment method, the student must attain the required score on a language assessment as adopted by the State Board of Education.
- Alternative Evidence Method: An alternative evidence method may be used in specified circumstances. Please send a request to us if you are using this method.
- Review approved exam options for both English Language Proficiency and Second Language proficiency (listed below).
Review approved exam options for both English Language Proficiency and Second Language proficiency.
English language proficiency exams need to be completed during grades 9-12.
- Attain a score of 230 or higher
Advanced Placement Exams
- Attain a score of 3 or higher
International Baccalaureate Exams
- Attain a score of 4 or higher
Arizona Board of Regents English Placement Exam
AASA (Previously AZM2 State Test)
- Attain a score of Meets Expectations
EdReady Exam (English Placement)
- Attain a score of 80 or higher
End of Course Exam for Dual-Enrollment or Concurrent Enrollment Community College Course
- Attain a passing score on the end of course exam
Nationally Recognized College Entrance Exam (ACT or SAT)
- ACT - both Reading and English combined
Attain a score of 43 or higher
Attain a score of 550 or higher
Second language proficiency exams need to be completed during grades 9-12 and preferably in grades 11 or 12.
ACTFL Assessment of Performance Towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL):
- Attain a score of Intermediate Three for category I through III languages
- Attain a score of Intermediate Two in writing and reading and Intermediate Three in speaking and listening for category IV languages
ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA):
- Attain a score of Intermediate Three
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI):
- Attain a score of Intermediate-Mid on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or the Oral Proficiency Interview
- Computer (OPIC) combined with the Writing Proficiency Test (WPI), Reading Proficiency Test (RPI), and the
- Listening Proficiency Test (LPT)
- All four domains are needed to be met (speaking, writing, listening, reading)
Advanced Placement Examinations:
- Attain a score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement examination for the world and native language(s)
- Attain a score of 1+ or higher
American Sign Language:
- Attain a score of Intermediate on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview OR
- Attain a score of Three or higher on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)
Avant STAMP 4S
- Attain a score of Five for category I through III languages
- Attain a score of Four in writing and reading and a Five in speaking and listening for category IV languages
Avant STAMP WS
- Attain a score of 5 or higher on BOTH parts
Cambridge International Exam - AS Level Spanish:
- Attain a score of A (Intermediate-Mid)
Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) and Diploma in French Language (DELF):
- For Spanish, attain a score of B1
- For French, attain a score of B1
European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages (ECL) Hungarian Language Exam:
- Attain a qualifying score of B1-CEFR in Hungarian or a minimum score of 40 percent on each of the four portions and the average score of 60 percent on all four portions
- Attain a score of B1 or higher
- Attain a score of four or higher for Higher-Level (HL) language classes and five or higher for Standard-Level (SL) language classes on an International Baccalaureate examination for the world and native language(s)
• SL comprises 150 teaching hours
• HL comprises 240 teaching hours
Navajo Nation Seal of Biliteracy Proficiency Assessment:
- Attain a score of 3 (reached) or 4 (goes beyond)