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Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and Certificates

Eagan High School Spanish teacher Jose Martinez works with a student.

Learning through the exploration of culture and language 

The study of world languages provides students with a comprehensive education and the worldwide perspective necessary to become global citizens. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, language learning supports academic achievement, provides cognitive benefits and affects attitudes and beliefs about language learning and about other cultures. It is recommended that students take a minimum of three to four years of uninterrupted study of one of the languages offered in order to:

  • Increase proficiency in the language;
  • Ensure they are eligible to apply to the college of their choice and are prepared for college-level language study, and
  • Fulfill college entrance and exit requirements (some colleges).

Students are invited and encouraged to study more than one language.

Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Certificates

Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Certificates are provided to high school graduates who demonstrate the required levels of language proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening for languages other than English, including American Sign Language (ASL) and American Indian 
(indigenous) languages in grades 10, 11 and 12, regardless of how the language was learned. (Bilingual and multilingual seals are awarded upon graduation. World language proficiency certificates can be awarded when students meet proficiency requirements.)

To achieve a seal or certificate, students must satisfactorily complete all required English Language Arts credits and demonstrate proficiency in another language through language proficiency assessments approved by the Minnesota Department of Education. The assessments are an online test of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The state-approved assessments are:

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Arabic, Mandarin (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai, and 
  • Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency Assessments (STAMP) Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified and Traditional), Polish, Brazilian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Testing dates and locations for the 2019-20 school year are:

Apple Valley High School – April 7, 2020
Contacts: David Swanson

Eagan High School – April 7, 2020
Contacts: Janelle Graham or Dena Thorson

Eastview High School – April 7, 2020
Contacts: Elizabeth Perona or Kristine Valdivia

Rosemount High School – March 12, 2020
Contacts: Jennifer Boldus or Heather Nyseth

School of Environmental Studies – March 17, 2020
Contact: Stephanie Steinbron

Cultural Family Advocates – Milca Dominguez or Alix Grande

At this time the assessments are open to grade 12 students interested in earning the World Language Certificate or Bilingual/Multilingual Seal. To register for the AAPPL Measure or STAMP, please complete the online registration and submit payment online using FeePay. 

Registration through FeePay will be available Sept. 9, 2019 through Feb. 17, 2020.

World languages in District 196

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