Bilingual Seals and Proficiency Certificate

The Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate and Bilingual and Multilingual Seals were created as an official recognition by the state of Minnesota for proficiency in a language in addition to English. The certificate can be awarded as soon as a student demonstrates Intermediate-Low proficiency; however, the seals are only awarded upon high school graduation. Seals are added to the transcript of each high school graduate who meets the requirements and may also be added to diplomas.

Minnetonka Public Schools carefully tracks student proficiency test results to ensure students receive the appropriate designation.

Legislation

  • June 2015—The Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals were legislated.
  • 2009—The Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate was created as an official recognition by the state of Minnesota.

Why the Seals are Awarded

  • The Bilingual Seal is awarded for proficiency in another language in addition to English.
  • The Multilingual Seal is awarded for proficiency in two or more languages in addition to English.

Recognition and Certificate or Seal Levels

The level of each seal is defined according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. The Bilingual/Multilingual Seal levels and their qualifying scores are as follows:

ACTFL Proficiency
Levels
(STAMP exam)

AP Language Exams

IB Diploma

MN World Language
Proficiency Certificate

Intermediate Low
(STAMP score 4)

Intermediate Low
(AP score 3)

Intermediate Low
(IB score 3 on SL exam)

Minnesota Bilingual Gold Seal

Intermediate High
(STAMP score 6)

Intermediate High
(AP score 4)

Intermediate High
(IB score 4 or 5 on SL exam)


Minnesota Bilingual Platinum Seal

Advanced Low
(STAMP score 7)

Advanced Low
(AP score 5)

Advanced Low
(IB score 4 or above on HL exam)

(IB score of 6 or 7 on SL exam)

When Awards are Given

Seals are awarded upon high school graduation and eligible scores must be attained within three years of graduation according to state statute. At the District’s expense, students may continue to take the STAMP Test each year until they receive the seal level that meets their expectations. At this time, more than 70 Grade 10 and 11 students have earned either a Platinum or Gold Seal.

ACTFL Proficiency Levels (STAMP exam)

AP Language Exams

IB Diploma

Grade 9

MN World Language Proficiency Certificate eligibility only

Grade 10

Intermediate High
(STAMP score 6 - Gold)

Advanced Low
(STAMP score 7 - Platinum)

Intermediate High
(AP score 4 - Gold)

Advanced Low
(AP score 5 - Platinum)

N/A

Grade 11

Intermediate High
(STAMP score 6 - Gold)

Advanced Low
(STAMP score 7 - Platinum)

Intermediate High
(AP score 4 - Gold)

Advanced Low
(AP score 5 - Platinum)

Intermediate High
(IB score 4 or 5 on SL exam - Gold)

Advanced Low
(IB score of 6 or 7 on SL exam - Platinum)

Grade 12

Intermediate High
(STAMP score 6 - Gold)

Advanced Low
(STAMP score 7 - Platinum)

Intermediate High
(AP score 4 - Gold)

Advanced Low
(AP score 5 - Platinum)

Intermediate High
(IB score 4 or 5 on SL exam - Gold)

Advanced Low
(IB score of 6 or 7 on SL exam - Platinum)

Advanced Low
(IB score 4 or above on HL exam - Platinum)

How the Seals are Awarded

School districts add the appropriate seal to the transcript of each high school graduate who meets the requirements. Seals may also be added to diplomas. MDE provides a form for use by school districts to request a seal for student transcripts and diplomas.

Multilingual Assessment

In addition, Spanish and Chinese Immersion students at MHS who choose to take a third language may also take an assessment in that language to qualify for the State of Minnesota’s Multilingual Seal.

Additional Requirements

Students must also:

  1. Satisfactorily complete all required English language arts credits; and
  2. Demonstrate mastery of Minnesota’s English language proficiency standards.

College Credits

Upon enrollment and student request, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) awards three semesters of college credit for a gold bilingual or multilingual seal and four semesters of college credit for a platinum bilingual or multilingual seal.

See the list of MnSCU colleges and universities.

Note: The University of Minnesota is not a MnSCU school. The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota has its own system for awarding credit for students with advanced language skills.

Questions Regarding College Credits

The state level recognition of world language proficiency with college credit is new and not everyone will be familiar with it yet. If you run into difficulties receiving credits, please contact:

World Language Flags

Contact

If you have questions regarding attainment of the certificate or seal levels, you may contact your child’s teacher or Dr. Matt Rega, Director of Assessment at matt.rega@minnetonkaschools.org