Montgomery Township School District

seal of biliteracy   
What is the Seal of Biliteracy?
  • Is a transcript and High School Diploma notation which honors graduating seniors who have attained multiple language proficiencies and signals this achievement to colleges and potential employers
  • Takes the form of a notation that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and as a certificate that is issued by the State of New Jersey and presented to the student by the school district
  • Was legislated in New Jersey in January 2016 and will be administrative code for the class of 2017
 ** For more information: NJDOE Seal of Biliteracy and Information Powerpoint for Parents & Students

How will it benefit students?

  • Provides nationally accredited means of demonstrating language skills to universities for the purpose of receiving academic credit
  • Provides nationally accredited proof of language and biliteracy skills to potential employers
  • Encourages study of languages, and the development of 21st century skills and global competence
Qualifying Tests and Costs
  • Students are required to meet minimum cutoff scores for only one test
  • ELL students must demonstrate proficiency in both English (through PAARC or ACCESS) and in their native or other language(s)
  • Cost for the assessment must be paid by the student
** Eligible students may apply for financial waiver due to economic hardship.



Target Score

Cost/ student

PARCC ELA assessment


Proficient or better


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0


4 or better on Tier B or C in all four language domains


AP Language and Culture

World Languages

4 or higher in Junior year



World Languages

5 or higher on both Writing/Speaking and Reading/Listening







American Sign Language

ASLPI- 3.0 or higher; SLPI- Intermediate plus


NO Action is Required
  • Senior students who are enrolled in World Language classes are administered STAMP tests by the department in September and do not need to take further action.  The district and the state have a record.
  • Junior students who register for AP exams through and because of their World Language classes do not need to take further action.  The district and the state have a record.
  • English Language Learners who need to demonstrate literacy in English are administered the PAARC and/or ACCESS tests by the school district as a graduation requirement.  However, to earn the Seal of Biliteracy,  ELLs must demonstrate literacy in a language in addition to English (see below).
YES Action is Required
  • Students wishing to demonstrate literacy in languages other than that of their World Language courses must register independently and pay for qualifying test(s) by the deadline date. 
  • Students choosing to apply for multiple certification (two or more of the languages in which they are literate) by taking multiple tests.  STAMP 4S assessments are available in Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.  AP Language and Culture exams are available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.
  • English Language Learners wishing to demonstrate literacy in language(s) other than English.
What to do & when
  • Deadline:  February 28.  Juniors may register online for the AP Language and Culture examination in the desired language.  Results make junior students eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy in their senior year.   Please check with the Counseling/Guidance department or the College Board website for information on AP test dates and locations.  Per state requirements, scores for assessments taken before the second semester of the junior year are not admissible for the Seal of Biliteracy
  • Deadline:  October 15.  Seniors may register online for the STAMP 4S test in their desired language(s). Students must also e-mail WL/ ELL Supervisor Alma Reyes at with name and registration information.  Test dates scheduled for Thursday, November 16.  Time and location to be announced
  • Deadline:  October 15.  Students wishing to register for Latin or American Sign Language exams must coordinate the registration and test date with WL/ ELL Supervisor, Alma Reyes as soon as possible
Last Modified on June 1, 2017
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