Registration and Testing
To achieve a Bilingual/Multilingual Seal, students must satisfactorily complete all required English Language Arts credits and demonstrate proficiency in another language through a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education.
State-approved assessments are:
- the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
- standards-based Measurement of Proficiency Assessments (STAMP) Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified and Traditional), Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish
The assessment(s) are an online test of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The AAPPL Measure and STAMP Assessments will take place from March 12 – 22, 2018.
Note: Final Registration through ParentVue/FeePay will be available on January 2, 2018 and will close on January 31, 2018.
Cultural Family Advocates – Milca.Dominguez@district196.org or Alix.Chance@district196.org
At this time the assessments are open to grade 12 students, (see recommended criteria) interested in earning the World Language Certificate or Bilingual/Multilingual Seal. To register for the AAPPL Measure or STAMP in January 2018, please complete the online registration and submit payment online using ParentVue/FeePay.
Resources for Minnesota bilingual and multilingual seals and certificates
- Full Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate and Bilingual Seal legislation (Legislation 120B.022)
- Additional information from the Minnesota Department of Education
- MDE FAQ chart
- A list of language proficiency assessments approved by the Minnesota Department of Education
- MnSCU colleges and universities list
- Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines
(Provides a description of what language learners can do with the language in the four modalities at each proficiency level, regardless of when, where, or how the language is acquired.)
- The ACTFL Performance Descriptors
(Describe language performance that is the result of explicit instruction in an instructional setting, providing additional information about language learners and their performance levels.)
- ACTFL Proficiency Levels
(Gives a visual image of how long and who is likely to function at various interpersonal proficiency levels. ACTFL has outlined proficiency levels, professions, and the time needed to achieve these levels in this chart.)
- AAPPL Measurement demo
- Student tips for taking the AAPPL Measurement
- Avant STAMP 4S
(Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency demo for students)
- Student Test Taker Guide for taking the STAMP Measurement
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.