How Do Students with Bulgarian Heritage Benefit from Earning the Seal of Biliteracy?

Heritage speaking students may earn up to 4 World Language Competency-based Credits by demonstrating high levels of proficiency in Bulgarian language. Heritage Speakers feel a sense of inclusion and pride by being recognized for their bilingual assets. The Seal of Biliteracy is a “value-added” earned honor posted to the student’s transcript and is recognized for entrance by 4-year colleges in Washington.

Competency Testing and Credits for Bulgarian Language

The Language Assessment ALTA provided by the Bulgarian School of Seattle certifies that students have met the requirements for a Seal. The assessment is aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines and demonstrates the interest in the Bulgarian language on student’s college applications. Plus, a strong score could help the candidate fulfill a college admission requirements.*

The competency testing includes Reading and Writing Skills Assessments as well as Speaking and Listening Assessment.

  • The Speaking and Listening Assessment: This test measures how well candidates can speak and understand the language when spoken.
  • The Written Assessment: This test measures the candidate’s ability to write in the target language.

How do we facilitate to earn the Bulgarian Language Competency Credits

For Bulgarian students in 6–12 grades, our goal is to develop a learning system that supports students to receive world language credits by demonstrating language proficiency. In order to increase student access, the Bulgarian School of Seattle has established online classes aligned with the guidelines set forth WA State Board of Education World Language Competency-Based-Credit.

The public school district will award one or more credits based on the student demonstrating an overall proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as follows:

Novice Mid – 1 credit

Novice High – 2 credits

Intermediate Low – 3 credits

Intermediate Mid – 4 credits

Since students may demonstrate varied levels of proficiency across skills, credits will be awarded based on the lowest common level of proficiency demonstrated across the skill areas. (Example: If a student demonstrated Intermediate Mid level proficiency in Speaking, but Novice Mid in Reading and Writing, then credits would be awarded based on the lowest common level of demonstrated proficiency, i.e. one credit for Novice Mid. The student would not receive individual credits for separate language skills. In this example, the student would not receive four credits for Intermediate Mid in Speaking and one credit each for Novice Mid in Reading and Writing. The total award is one World Language credit.)

To register for ALTA 2017 test please submit your registration information via the form below:

*You should be aware that different colleges have different policies with regards to Language Tests in foreign languages. You should check with the colleges that you’re interested in regarding their policies and seek guidance from your counselor on your specific situation.