CPS Pathways Towards the Seal of Biliteracy

Congrats to our students that earn the pathway towards the seal of biliteracy! Please see below to learn more about the program and for a short video about this years’ winners.

What is the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy?

The State Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition given to high school seniors who have studied and can exhibit the ability to communicate in two or more languages (including English) by their senior year of high school. The Seal is highlighted on the high school diploma and serves as a statement of accomplishment for college admission and future employment. To build on the success of the District’s State Seal of Biliteracy program, the Chicago Public Schools Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE) introduced in the 2017-2018 school year the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award, a program for elementary middle school students to be recognized for being on their way towards earning the State Seal of Biliteracy through their enrollment in a bilingual, dual, and/or world language program.


What is the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award?

The CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award recognizes 5th and 8th grade students enrolled in a language education program that provides a pathway to the State Seal of Biliteracy in 12th grade. This recognition is not solely based on a students’ current language proficiency, but also in the continuing development of that language throughout the course of their elementary and middle school years in preparation for high school. Current enrollment in a Bilingual, Dual Language or World Language program is a requirement to participate

in this program.


The CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award is intended for current 5th and 8th graders who are on a pathway to earn the State Seal of Biliteracy by being enrolled in either a bilingual, dual, and/or world language program, including both students who are native English speakers as well as current or former English Learners (ELs). Current languages offered through the assessment include: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. As you know, LaSalle II students took the Avant STAMP 4s (8th graders) and 4e (5th graders) to assess where they are in their language learning journey.


How does a student earn the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award?

At the Elementary Middle School level, the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award is given to:

  • 5th graders who score “Novice Mid” (2 or higher in each language mode) in the STAMP 4Se for all of our languages 
  • 8th graders who score “Intermediate Low” (4 or higher) in the STAMP 4S for French and Spanish and Novice High for Arabic and Chinese

Link to 2021 LaSalle II Awards