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Locally Approved Assessments for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

The assessments statutorily identified for demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English are the Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and SAT II* (AP, IB, and SAT II).

The assessment list below is provided as an optional resource to identify locally approved assessments where a local educational agency (LEA) does not use one of the statutorily identified assessments (California Education Code [EC] Section 51461[c]).

If you have questions about a locally approved assessment or an LEA’s approval process, please contact that LEA directly. This list is compiled from self-reported data submitted by LEAs through the online Insignia Request Form during the 2022–23 school year.

LEAs may also consider contacting their local consulate for information or resources regarding assessments for that country’s language(s).

Looking for an assessment available in a particular language? Try “Command + F” to search for the language.

Locally Approved Off-the-Shelf Assessments

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)

Languages in which Assessment is Available: Albanian, Amharic, Bengali/Bangla, Bosnia/Croatian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Dari, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Swahili, Tamil, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yoruba.

More Information: ACTFL web page on OPI and WPT for Seal of Biliteracy External link opens in new window or tab.

LEAs that Locally Approved this Assessment:

  • Arcadia Unified School District (USD), Los Angeles County
  • Campbell Union High School District, Santa Clara County
  • East Side Union High School District, Santa Clara County
  • Ventura USD, Ventura County

ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)

Languages in which Assessment is Available: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

More Information: ACTFL AAPPL web page External link opens in new window or tab.

LEAs that Locally Approved this Assessment:

  • Corona-Norco USD, Riverside County
  • San Benito High School District, San Benito County
  • Ventura USD, Ventura County

ALTA Language Services

Languages in which Assessment is Available: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azeri, Baluchi (Western), Belorussian, Bangla, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cebuano, Czech, Chechen, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Min), Chinese (Taiwanese), Chinese (Wu), Croatian, Danish, Dari, Dutch, English, Fante (Akan), Farsi (Persian), Finnish, Flemish, French, Fulfulde (Fulani), Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hindi, Hebrew, Hmong, Hungarian, Ibo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Kurdish (Kurmandji), Kurdish (Sorani), Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Norwegian, Oromo, Papiamento, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Slovenian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Tongan, Turkish, Turkmen, Twi (Akan), Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yiddish, Yorubacol

More Information: ALTA Language Testing Seal of Biliteracy web page External link opens in new window or tab.

LEAs that Locally Approved this Assessment:

  • Kerman USD, Fresno USD
  • Roseville Joint Union High School District, Placer County
  • Redlands USD, San Bernardino County
  • Benicia USD, Solano County

American Sign Language Proficiency Interview

Languages in which Assessment is Available: American Sign Language

More Information: Gallaudet University American Sign Language Proficiency Interview web page External link opens in new window or tab.

LEAs that Locally Approved this Assessment:

  • California School for the Deaf, Riverside County
  • Santa Clara USD, Santa Clara County

Avant STAMP (Contact LEA for details on which AVANT assessment(s) they approved)

Languages in which STAMP 4S assessment (covers all four domains) is available: Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (simplified and traditional), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish

Languages in which STAMP WS assessment (covers writing and speaking domains) is available (for less commonly taught languages): Amharic, Armenian, Cabo Verdean, Chin (Hakha), Chuukese, Czech, Filipino (Tagalog), Haitian-Creole, Hawaiian (ʻŌlelo Hawai’i), Hmong, Ilocano, Kannada, Marathi, Marshallese, Samoan, Somali Maay Maay, Somali Maxaa, Swahili (3-skill), Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yoruba (3-skill), Yup’ik, and Zomi

More Information: Avant STAMP web page External link opens in new window or tab.

LEAs that Locally Approved this Assessment:

  • Hayward USD, Alameda County
  • Oakland USD, Alameda County
  • Pleasanton USD, Alameda County
  • San Leandro USD, Alameda County
  • Antioch USD, Contra Costa County
  • Mt. Diablo USD, Contra Costa County
  • Kerman USD, Fresno County
  • Acton, Los Angeles USD
  • Centinela Valley Union High School District, Los Angeles County
  • Los Angeles USD, Los Angeles County
  • Options for Youth Acton, Los Angeles County
  • Pacific Grove USD, Monterey County
  • Salinas Union High School District, Monterey County
  • Irvine USD, Orange County
  • Roseville Joint Union High School District, Placer County
  • Hemet USD, Riverside County
  • San Juan USD, Sacramento County
  • Apple Valley USD, San Bernardino County
  • Barstow USD, San Bernardino County
  • Chaffey Joint Union High School District, San Bernardino County
  • Chino Valley USD, San Bernardino County
  • Colton Joint USD, San Bernardino County
  • Fontana USD, San Bernardino County
  • Hesperia USD, San Bernardino County
  • Redlands USD, San Bernardino County
  • Rialto USD, San Bernardino County
  • Riverside Preparatory, San Bernardino County
  • San Bernardino City USD, San Bernardino County
  • Snowline Joint USD, San Bernardino County
  • Upland USD, San Bernardino
  • Coronado USD, San Diego County
  • Mountain Empire USD, San Diego County
  • Poway USD, San Diego County
  • San Diego USD, San Diego County
  • Lincoln USD, San Joaquin County
  • Stockton Unified, San Joaquin County
  • Santa Clara USD, Santa Clara County
  • Oxnard Union High School District, Ventura County
  • Davis Joint USD, Yolo County

California Spanish Assessment (CSA) Used in Conjunction with Oral Proficiency Exam

Languages in which Assessment is Available: Spanish

More Information: CDE California Spanish Assessment web page

LEAs that Locally Approved this Assessment:

  • San Diego USD, San Diego County
  • Statewide Benefit Charter–High Tech High, San Diego County

Hellenic Republic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs Center of the Greek Language

Languages in which Assessment is Available: Greek

More Information: Greek Government Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs web page External link opens in new window or tab.

LEAs that Locally Approved this Assessment:

  • Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Santa Clara County

Language Testing International

Languages in which Assessment is Available: Afrikaans, Akan-Twi, Albanian, Algerian, Arabic, Arabic – Kuwaiti, Arabic MSA, Arabic-Eastern, Arabic-UAE, Arabic-Western, Armenian, Assyrian, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bambara, Bangla, Belorussian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Cape Verdean, Catalan, Cebuano, Chavacano, Chechen, Chinese, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese-Cantonese, Chinese-Mandarin, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dhivehi, Djerma/Zarma, Dutch, Egyptian, English, Estonian, Ewe, Finnish, Fon, French, Fula/Peul, Fula/Toucouleur, Ga, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Haryanvi, Hassaniya, Hausa, Hebrew, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Iraqi, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Jordanian, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Kikongo, Kirghiz, Kirundi, Korean, Krio, Kurdish-Kurmanji, Kurdish-Sorani, Kuwaiti, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lebanese, Levantine, Libyan, Lingala, Lithuanian, Luganda, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Mandingo Malinke, Mandingo-Bambara, Marathi, Marshallese, Mongolian, Moroccan, Mossi, Nepali, Norwegian, Palestinian, Pashto, Pashtu-Peshawari, Persian, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazilian, Portuguese-European, Punjabi, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian/Croatian, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese, Swahili, Swedish, Syrian, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Tausug, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Tunisian, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yemeni, Yoruba, Zulu

More Information: Language Testing International web page External link opens in new window or tab.

LEAs that Locally Approved this Assessment: Nevada Joint Union High School District, Nevada County

  • Washington USD, Yolo County

National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL)

Languages in which Assessment is Available: Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian

More Information: American Council for International Education NEWL web page External link opens in new window or tab.

LEAs that Locally Approved this Assessment:

  • South Pasadena High School, Los Angeles County
  • Norwalk-La Mirada USD, Los Angeles County
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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 08, 2023
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