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Seal of Biliteracy & World Language Competency Credit

What is the Seal of Biliteracy?

The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English. 

The Seal formally recognizes students that demonstrate:

Proficiency in English

  • Passed ELA state assessment.

  • Met ELA graduation requirements.

Proficiency in a language other than English, demonstrated by:

  • Earning a score rating of Intermediate-Mid or higher on all portions of STAMP exam.

  • Earning a 3 or higher on the AP Language Exam

Who is eligible for the Seal?

Any student who meets the above criteria automatically earns the Seal of Biliteracy. Students in the following groups are encouraged to sign up for the qualifying exams: 

  • Heritage Speakers who meet the criteria.
  • Students who have lived abroad and acquired reading, writing, and speaking skills in a language other than English.
  • Students who have learned a language in a coursework environment who meet the requirements.

How will these students be recognized?

  • Marked on the student’s transcript.
  • Presentation of Certificate of Achievement with the WA State Seal of Biliteracy  

World Language Competency Credit 

How do students earn World Language competency credit? 

In addition to the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy, students who score Intermediate-Mid or higher on all components of the STAMP exam will earn 2.0 credits of world language high school credit.  

Pasco School District offers World Language Testing in a variety of languages to demonstrate your proficiency and earn credit. The STAMP exam is computer based and includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking; a score of “intermediate-mid” on each part of the exam is required to earn credit.  

Where can I learn more? 


Kendra Espinoza
Assessment Manager/DAC