Wayzata Public Schools

World Language Certificate; Bilingual/Multilingual Seal

Minnesota has a system that allows students in grades 10-12 to be recognized and potentially earn college credit for their proficiency in world languages.

  • The World Language Proficiency Certificate - To earn this certificate, you must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by taking a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Seals - To earn a seal, you must:
    • satisfactorily complete all required English Language Arts credits
    • demonstrate proficiency in another language through a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education.

If you earn a Bilingulal (English + one other language) or Multilingual Seal (English + two or more other languages), you may be eligible to receive college credit at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

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.

Contact

Megan Budke
Bilingual Seal Program Lead
Megan.Budke@wayzatashools.org

Lisa Parra Staves
Bilingual Seal Program Lead
Lisa.Parra.Staves@wayzataschools.org

Assessments & Registration

Our district offers assessments in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, Polish. If your language is not listed and you are interested in seeing where you can test, contact Megan Budke.

We offer the AAPPL Measure assessment three times a year, typically in February, May and August.

Beginning Spring 2018, we are also offering the STAMP assessment.

For times, dates and to register, go to EPay.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does proficiency mean?

A person’s ability to understand and communicate in a language in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context in four modalities: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

  • There are five levels of proficiency, as defined in the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), ranging from novice to distinguished.
  • Each level is further subdivided into three stages: low, mid, and high.
  • The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines provide 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.

How is proficiency assessed?

How do I decide if I am ready to take a proficiency test? Which test should I take?

The answer to this is different for every individual. There are many different factors that play a role in developing language proficiency such as where, how, when, and why a person learns a language. Here are some guidelines to consider.

Choosing your test or assessment

English is not my native language. Can I get a certificate or seal for proficiency in my native langauge?

Yes, if you:

  • are in grades 10, 11, or 12 (Minnesota Statute 120B.022)
  • satisfactorily complete all required English Language Arts credits (required for Bilingual/Multilingual Seal only)
  • demonstrate your proficiency in another language through a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Is there a cost for the assessments, certificates or seals?

There is not charge to have a certificate or seal notes on your transcript.

There is a charge for the assessments.
  • $65 for AP Language & Culture assessments
  • $40 for The AAPPL Measure

Payments can be submitted through EPay.

Scholarships based on financial need may be available at the high school.

What is the difference between testing out of a World Language course and earning a World Language Certificate or Bilinugal/Multilingual Seal?

Earning a certificate or seal has no affect on which high school courses you take. It is a recognition of your achievement that will appear on your transcript and may earn you college credit at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Summer Test-In/Test-Out is a WHS process is for moving into a higher level of a World Language course.

What kind of documentation do I receive when I earn a certificate or seal?

You will receive a letter from our school district with your test results.

If you earn the World Language Proficiency Certificate or the Bilingual/Multilingual Seal:

  • we will enter a notation on your transcript, and
  • you will receive a Certificate or Seal created by the Minnesota Department of Education.

How will my transcript reflect my level of achievement?

Your transcript will reflect one of the following notations.

  • Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate - for Intermediate low level of proficiency in the four modalities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • Minnesota Bilingual Gold Seal - for intermediate high level of proficiency in the four modalities in one language
  • Minnesota Multilingual Gold Seal - for intermediate high level of proficiency in the four modalities in two languages
  • Minnesota Bilingual Platinum Seal - for advanced low level of proficiency in the four modalities in one language
  • Minnesota Multilingual Platinum Seal - for advanced low level of proficiency in the four modalities in two languages

Can I receive college credit for earning a certificate or seal?

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities award credits for certificates and seals.

  • 2 semesters of credit for a Certificate
  • 3 semesters of credit for a Gold Seal
  • 4 semesters of credit for a Platinum Seal

The University of Minnesota and other colleges outside of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will use their own guidelines.