NDSB FAQs

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Q:  What is the North Dakota Seal of Biliteracy?
A:  The North Dakota Seal of Biliteracy (NDSB) is an award presented to graduating students who have demonstrated proficiency in a language in addition to English. North Dakota offers two seals; silver and gold. Each seal has specific criteria a student must meet to receive the award. The requirements are available in the NDSB Guidance.

Q:  Why implement a Seal of Biliteracy?
A:  The NDSB encourages students to develop mastery in multiple languages, encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. The NDSB sets a standard of the value in learning world languages, as well as maintaining native and heritage languages and cultures in our schools, homes, and communities.

Q:  What are the benefits of earning a North Dakota Seal of Biliteracy?
A:  The NDSB recognizes students and provides an identifier of this accomplishment on the student’s eTranscript for employers and post-secondary institutions.

Q:  What are the requirements for a North Dakota Seal of Biliteracy?
A:  To be eligible for an NDSB award, each student shall demonstrate a minimum proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English and an additional language. Students must also demonstrate sociocultural competency as determined by each district. The assessments and required proficiency levels are as follows:

One of the following assessment options is required to demonstrate proficiency in English:

EXAM SILVER GOLD
ACT ELA 16 ELA 19

ND English Language Proficiency Assessment (ACCESS for ELLs)

3.5 in each domain

AND

4.0 Composite

3.5 in each domain

AND

5.0 Composite

SAT ERW 460 ERW 480

ND State Assessment in grades 9 - 12

Proficient in ELA Proficient in ELA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the following assessment options is required to demonstrate proficiency in a world language:

EXAM SILVER GOLD
ACTFL (OPI, WPT, RPT, LTP) IL IH
AAPPL I-1 I-5
ALIRA I-1 I-4
STAMP 4 6
ASLPI 2+ 3+
DELE/DELF A2 B1

 

 

 

 

 


*Districts may submit a request to the NDDPI for alternative assessment requirements.

Q:  Can a student be awarded for multiple languages?
A:  Yes, if a student meets the requirements for more than one language in addition to English, the student will be awarded one seal for each applicable language.

Q:  How can schools/districts obtain state seals and certificates?
A:  The district must submit the NDSB Application Form with the district contact information, applicable assessment information and assurances of student eligibility and sociocultural competence to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI). The application must be signed by the district Superintendent or designee. If the district has multiple students applying for the awards, please submit the Multiple Student Application Addendum with the NDSB Application Form.

Q:  Which states have adopted or offer the Seal of Biliteracy?
A:  Information and other state programs are available at the Seal of Biliteracy website.

Q:  Where/when/how can students take the demonstration of knowledge in World Language exams?
A:  Much of the information regarding test options is available from the creator or vendor of each test. The following are some resources available:

Q:  What is the minimum grade students need to be in to qualify?
A:  Students need to be in at least grade 9 to meet the assessment requirements but must meet graduation requirements to be eligible for an NDSB.

Q:  What is required for test administer training for the world language assessments?

A:  Some tests do not require a local test administrator but may require a proctor. Information regarding specific test administrator training is available from the test vendors listed in FAQs above. The following provide the scoring methods for each assessment.

  • ACTFL – Testing Certification Programs – only OPIc is administered and scored online
  • AAPPL – Test is administered and scored online
  • ALIRA – Test is administered and scored online
  • STAMP – Test is administered online and scored by certified raters
  • ASLPI – Site Proctor is Required – evaluation is conducted by an ASLPI Evaluator

Q:  What languages can be assessed?
A:  The following assessments are available to test the corresponding languages:

  • ACCESS – English for identified English learners
  • ACTFL (OPI, OPIc, LPT, RPT, WPT) -
    • OPI: Afrikaans, Akan-Twi, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Cebuano, Chavacano, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Egyptian, English, French, Georgian, German, Greek (Modern), Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong/Mong, Hungarian, Igbo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Iraqi, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Kashmiri, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Levantine, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marshallese, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian Croatian, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Tausug, Telugu, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Wu and Yoruba.
    • OPIc: Arabic, Bengali, English, French, German, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog
    • LPT: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
    • RPT: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
    • WPT: Albanian (Booklet form only), Arabic, Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Modern), Haitian Creole (Booklet form only) , Hebrew (Booklet form only), Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian Farsi, Polish, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • AAPPL – Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.
  • ALIRA – Latin
  • STAMP – Avant STAMP 4S (grades 7-adult) is available in Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified & Traditional), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian) (Available 4/10/19), Russian, and Spanish
  • ASLPI – American Sign Language
  • DELE – Spanish
  • DELF - French

Q:  What is the cost of the world language exams?
A:  The following costs appear to be associated with the assessments. Districts or students must work with the test vendors to receive exact costs.

  • ACTFL (IL, IH) - Sent request for cost 4-1-19
    • OPI phone interview=$159, OPIc=$105, WPT=$105, LPT=$50, RPT=$50
  • AAPL (I-1, I-5) - The full measure AAPPL is $20 per student.
    • Interpersonal Listening and Speaking; $10
    • Presentational Writing; $5
    • Interpretive Listening and Interpretive Reading bundle; $5
  • ALIRA (I-1, I-4) - $10 per student.
  • STAMP 4S (4, 6) – $17.50 per test until summer 2019
  • ASLPI (2+, 3+) - $165.00 + $20 proctor fee
  • DELE (A2, B1) – DELE: approx. $180
  • DELF (A2, B1) – DELF: A1= $120, A2 = $130

Q:  Can students take the CLEP exam for the demonstration of knowledge in world language exam?
A:  It appears the CLEP language exams only include listing and reading domains. Also, there doesn’t appear to be alignment available to the ACTFL standards or proficiency levels. Therefore, at this time CLEP will not be an acceptable assessment for the NDSB.

Q:  What score do we report on the application form since students receive scores for four domain assessments?
A:  Districts only need to report the lowest score the student received because you are verifying each of the student’s domain scores are higher than the minimum requirement for the applicable seal.

Q:  What is the last day to submit the application?
A:  There is no real due date for the applications but, in order to have time to process the applications and get them returned with time to affix to diplomas, the NDDPI suggests two to four weeks prior to graduation. All applications will be processed as quickly as possible.

Q:  What is the State I.D.?
A:  This is the student’s unique state identification number in the STARS reporting system. The I.D. number helps the NDDPI connect the seal to the correct student’s eTranscript.