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South St. Paul Secondary is Now Offering the Minnesota Bilingual/Multilingual Seal and Certificate

South St. Paul Secondary is excited to announce we are now offering the Minnesota Bilingual/Multilingual Seal and Certificate!

Who can earn this?

Juniors and seniors who can demonstrate the required proficiency levels in reading, writing, speaking and listening will qualify for a certificate or seal. South Saint Paul students can demonstrate their language skills by taking the International Baccalaureate(IB) Diploma Program(DP) exam for their language of study. If the student is fluent in a language other than French or Spanish, or not in an IB language they can still earn the Bilingual Seal by taking another exam available and approved by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).  In order to earn the seal, students also need to demonstrate mastery of Minnesota's English language proficiency standards and satisfactorily complete all required English language arts credits. Note: IB scores from 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 cannot be used for the Bilingual Seal.

Where is the credit valid?

Earning a certificate or seal guarantees the student college credit at a Minnesota State college or university according to the table below. Students must request the college semester credit within three academic years of graduation from high school and upon enrollment in a Minnesota State college or university. If students are planning to attend a school outside of the Minnesota State system, they will need to contact that school directly to learn what options exist. More information is available on the MN Department of Education website

CERTIFICATE, SEALS

IB TEST SCORE

ACTFL PROFICIENCY LEVEL

COLLEGE CREDIT

World language proficiency certificate

3 on SL exam

2 on HL exam

Intermediate-low

(STAMP Score 4)

2 semesters

Gold bilingual or multilingual seal

4 or 5 on SL exam

3 on HL exam

Intermediate-high

(Stamp Score 6)

3 semesters per language

Platinum bilingual or multilingual seal

6 or 7 on SL exam

4 or above on HL exam

Advanced-low

(Stamp Score 7)

4 semesters per language

Resources?

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.)

STAMP Sample Tests

Questions?

If you have any questions please contact Melissa Miller, mmiller@sspps.org, 651-552-5569.