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World Language Students Excel in 'Seal of Biliteracy' Testing


World Language Students Excel in 'Seal of Biliteracy' Testing
Tim LeCras

The Saint Joseph High School World Language Department produced 20 “language proficient” students in the first year of the Global Seal of Biliteracy Program. 

Launched in December as an opportunity to formally credential students who are excelling in a world language, the Seal of Biliteracy Program is a groundbreaking opportunity for student success to be recognized.

18 students took the  ACTFL Assessment of Performance towards Proficiency in Languages, which includes Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese (European), while two students took the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment.

All 20 students demonstrated language proficiency and received certificates from ACTFL. Three of those students received a “working fluency” Seal of Biliteracy certificate:

Timothy Haklar - working fluency in Latin/English
Aryan Jeena - working fluency in Spanish/English
Andrew Kojima - working fluency in Spanish/English and Japanese/English

For more information on the Seal of Biliteracy Program, please contact World Languages Department Chair Petra Jones at

  • World Languages