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Global Seal of Biliteracy

Immersion is the most effective approach to achieving biliteracy 


NY and NJ are two of the 39 states that recognize a high level of bilingual proficiency in middle and high school students with a global seal of biliteracy.  This is a nationally recognized achievement of reaching a high level of proficiency in all four skill areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening equivalent to a 4 or 5 on an AP level test or level 5 on the Avant STAMP test.  


In previous years’ testing, HWIS 5th graders on average exceeded level 5 in Avant STAMP assessments. 



Charts of language level


Achieving this certification has the following benefits:

  • Demonstrates level of achievement during middle or high school years
  • Can be used by universities for academic credit or in placement 
  • Can be helpful for employers in assessing proficiency




“Nine out of 10 U.S. employers report a reliance on U.S.-based employees with language skills other than English, with one-third (32 percent) reporting a high dependency. Moreover, demand is on a sustained rise. A majority of employers report that their need for foreign languages has increased over the past five years and project that it will continue to grow”.

2018 Survey conducted by IPSOS public affairs for ACTFL Study:  Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers