Seal of Biliteracy
Students across the country are being recognized for their multilingualism and multiliteracy skills. Join DRC in celebrating your students’ achievements with the national Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards!
DRC and the Seal of Biliteracy/Pathway Awards Programs
DRC is proud to support the Seal of Biliteracy initiative and national movement for districts and states to recognize and award students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. DRC also supports states and districts who are instituting a Bilingual/Multilingual Pathway Awards program, as students take significant steps towards developing biliteracy from preschool to high school.
We offer a dedicated test window for both the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards program goals and initiatives, using LAS Links Español to measure student proficiency skills in language and literacy in Spanish.
Learn more about participating in these programs: Hyperlink to section below
Participate in the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards National Testing WindowDRC provides a dedicated testing window each spring for districts who are implementing the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards. Districts will be able to use LAS Links Online Español B to assess students’ Spanish language proficiency during the testing window.
Start preparing for your Spring 2023 testing window by submitting the National Testing Window Order Form.
Districts may sign up at any time prior to the test window opening. Discounted pricing will be offered for districts and states that participate in the window. Pricing includes the LAS Links Español assessment, scoring, and an on-demand student report for each assessed student.
The Seal of Biliteracy National Testing Window provides districts with key benefits:
- Provides a valid and reliable research-based assessment of Spanish proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension
- Assess students entirely online using the DRC INSIGHT platform
- Increase efficiency with online format by eliminating one-to-one testing
- Electronically capture spoken and written responses
- LAS Links Español is aligned to ACTFL Standards
- Receive results in time for graduation!
- Eligibility for student recognition on DRC’s web page
Click here to place your order for the Seal of Biliteracy National Testing Window.
Attend Our Fall WebinarsDRC will be holding a series of webinars in fall of 2022 to assist participating districts in the on-boarding process. These webinars will be presented in partnership with the Seal of Biliteracy’s Arthur Chou.
- Preschool Pathway Award: “Becoming Bilingual”
- Elementary School Pathway Awards
- Middle School Awards
- The State Seal of Biliteracy
- Recognition on DRC’s Webpage and Pathway Awards Certification Sign up for our webinars here.
Learn More about the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards ProgramsClick here to learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards programs and why you should consider implementing them in your districts and schools.
Using LAS Links as a Measure of BiliteracyLAS Links® is a language proficiency assessment approved in many states and districts as a tool for awarding the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards. Specifically, LAS Links Español is a standardized assessment that provides evidence of Spanish language proficiency for both native and non-native speakers in the four domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing (Escuchando, Hablando, Lectura y Escritura). LAS Links also offers English language proficiency assessments, which can be used to measure whether English learners meet state- or district-specific criteria for earning Pathway Awards and the Seal of Biliteracy.
See how LAS Links aligns to ACTFL standards
Elbert County High School’s Emma Grace Jarvis, Keivin Renteria-Saldivar, and Lizzy Landaverde were the first students to receive the new Seal of Biliteracy from the Georgia Department of Education. These Foreign Language Pathway Completer students sat for the LAS Links Español online assessment completely in Spanish to prove their proficiency in the language, as well as maintaining specific grades in their ELA courses throughout high school.
Data Recognition Corporation piloted LAS Links Español in the summer of 2018 at Santa Fe South High School. Twenty-six of the students who participated in the pilot program were awarded the Seal of Biliteracy. One of those students shifted between American and Mexican cultures. Her first language was Spanish, and they didn’t let her speak it in school, so she had to learn English. She realized that obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy and becoming bilingual could provide new educational and career opportunities. Watch a news story to learn more about her path towards bilingualism here.
DRC’s Commitment to Language Diversity Bright Colored
As a national leader in authentic language proficiency assessment, DRC recognizes the value of language diversity. That is why we proudly support initiatives like the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards, which honor the multiple cultures and languages within our communities.
DRC works closely with the Seal of Biliteracy Organization and partners with dual language schools as part of our strong and growing network around language diversity. We are committed to providing ample opportunities for students to illustrate their multilingualism and multiliteracy skills in furtherance of their college and career goals.