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28 Students Earn the Distinguished Award: The Seal of Biliteracy

28 Students Earn the Distinguished Award: The Seal of Biliteracy
A group photo of 28 students earning the Seal of Biliteracy.

The North Polk Community School District is proud to announce that 28 students at North Polk High School have earned the prestigious Seal of Biliteracy for the academic year 2023-24. This recognition is given to students who exhibit an advanced level of academic proficiency in two or more languages, which includes English.

The Seal of Biliteracy Exam is a rigorous, comprehensive, and demanding assessment proctored across the United States and is comprised of four distinct sections.

To earn the Seal, students need to attain a minimum score of Intermediate Level 5 across all sections which assesses their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. The writing section requires students to compose three essays on three different topics, while the reading and listening sections include a series of multiple-choice questions. During the speaking portion, students must respond verbally to three prompts and record their answers using their Chromebooks. 

The Seal of Biliteracy emblem

The number of students earning the Seal of Biliteracy continues to rise within the district, which reflects the high standards of North Polk’s Spanish program and the dedication of our students and staff to continue to go above and beyond. 

 The Seal of Biliteracy sets these students apart from a majority of high school graduates in the United States and positions them on the pathway to being global citizens. Congratulations to all the students who have earned this prestigious distinction.