• The State Seal of Biliteracy from Zion-Benton District 126

    Zion-Benton Township High School District 126 is proud to offer the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy to qualifying District 126 seniors who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English and one or more additional languages.


    The Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy in District 126

    What is the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy?


    The seal is a recognition given to graduating high school students who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English and in another language.  This proficiency will be noted on each awarded student’s diploma and transcript.

    What’s the benefit of earning the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy?


    The seal allows students to showcase a marketable skill for colleges and potential employers.  It may also be an asset for potential scholarship opportunities.  As of January 2017, all public universities in Illinois must accept the seal as equivalent to two years of foreign language coursework taken in high school.  

    Who qualifies for the seal? 


    Seniors who meet the criteria outlined in the table below will be awarded the seal on their ZBTHS or NT@Zion-Benton East diploma.


    Language Proficiency Criteria

    English Proficiency Criteria

    Other Language Proficiency Criteria

    • SAT ERW score of 480 (2018 graduates) or 540 (2019 graduates and beyond) OR
    • ACT scores of an 18 in English or a 21 composite score OR
    • ACCESS composite score of 5.0, with a 4.2 in reading and 4.2 in writing 
    • AP foreign language test score of 4 or 5 OR
    • Rating of at least “Intermediate High” in all 4 skill areas on the respective AAPPL test


    Proficiency Test Information

    When will students take the respective English and additional language assessments?

    ACT and ACCESS: These two state administered assessments were or are provided by the state to qualifying students.


    AAPPL: District 126 will offer students their respective AAPPL test (if available) on a date each spring.  Interested students should register and pay the $20 test fee, take a sample test, and report on the date provided by the district.


    Questions? Please contact one of the following District 126 administrators:


    Mr. Steve Richter                                                                     Ms. Melissa DiGangi

    Director of Student Services                                                    Director of Teaching & Learning

    847-731-9340                                                                          847-731-9794

    richters@zbths.org                                                                   digangim@zbths.org