Seal of Biliteracy: An Award Available to HPS Seniors

Seal of Biliteracy: An Award Available to HPS Seniors

For the second year, Hartford Public Schools is offering the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy, an award for students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.

The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors their skills, and serves as evidence of abilities that are attractive to colleges and future employers.

In 2019, all Hartford Public Schools (HPS) high schools participated in the program to earn the Seal, and more than 100 students received the Seal, which is affixed on a student’s diploma and transcript.

HPS students outperformed the national averages in all four domains tested: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing.  The district was one of the top four districts in Connecticut to award the Seal for over 100 students and the only urban school district to do so.

Last year, 85 percent of former English Learners at HPS who were tested obtained the Seal.  Languages included: 

  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Portuguese
  • Latin
  • Hindi
  • Twi
  • Bosnian
  • Haitian-Creole
  • Patois
  • Ewe

2020 Seal of Biliteracy: What Students Need to Know

The Seal of Biliteracy may be awarded to eligible high school seniors who are enrolled in upper-level World Language courses, or a student who speaks a different language at home. To receive the Seal, students must fulfill all English Language Arts requirements for graduation. They are also required to take either the AAPPL, ALIRA, or OPI/ WPT language proficiency assessment in their senior year and score an Intermediate Mid proficiency or higher in speaking, writing, reading, and listening.

Testing for Seal eligibility is open to all seniors graduating in June 2020. In February, each high school will hold at least one Parent Info Sessions and one Student Info Session during Advisory. Testing will run between late February through March; exact dates differ by school. The district plans to test at least 350 students in over 40 languages this year.

Seal of Biliteracy recipients will be honored this Spring at a recognition event and given a cord to wear at graduation.

Seal of Biliteracy Permission Form

Seal of Biliteracy Brochure

Seal of Biliteracy Poster

If you are interested in learning more about Hartford Public Schools guidelines for the Seal of Biliteracy, please contact Kim Winfield, World Language Instructional Coach at ruofk001@hartfordschools.org.