THE AWARDS

We support schools throughout Tennessee in beginning and building meaningful award programs tailored to the needs of their students, families, and communities.  We highlight linguistic and academic excellence across our state by providing ambitious award criteria that allow heritage speakers and world language learners to celebrate their accomplishments throuhgout their educational journey.

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PATHWAY TO BILITERACY AWARD
for Elementary Grades Students

This award pathway will begin in the 2024 Academic Year

English Language Criteria (must meet one):

TBD​

World Language Criteria (must meet one): 

TBD

Written Response: 

TBD

PATHWAY TO BILITERACY AWARD
for Middle Grades Students

Students must meet one from each category below

English Language Criteria (must meet one):

  • Receive an 85 or higher in their 8th grade ELA or ELD course for Semester 1

  • Score "On Track" or higher on the 7th grade TN Ready ELA Assessment

  • Score 3.2 or higher, composite, on the WIDA in 7th grade, if an ELL

World Language Criteria (must meet one): 

  • Receive an 85 or higher in an 8th grade World Language course

  • Score Intermediate-Low or higher on an ACTFL-aligned World Language Assessment

Written Response: 

In 250-500, respond to one of the following prompts

  • What biliteracy means to me

  • Why learning a second language is important

SEAL OF BILITERACY AWARD
for 12th Graders

Students must meet one from each category below

English Language Criteria (must meet one):

  • Score of 'On Track' or higher on all English TNReady End of Course assessments taken in high school

  • Score of 22 or higher on the Reading portion of the ACT

  • Score of 480 or higher on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading Subtest

  • Score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement English Language or English Literature exam

  • Score of B or higher on a Cambridge International English Language and Literature exam

  • Score of 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate English Language and Literature exam

  • Grade of 85 or higher in a Dual Enrollment English course

  • For ELLs, WIDA ACCESS Composite score of 4.5 or higher in 11th grade

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World Language Criteria (must meet one): 

  • Score of Intermediate-Mid (I-3) in all domains of an ACTFL-Aligned World Language assessment

  • Score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement World Language exam

  • Score of B or higher on a Cambridge International World Language exam

  • Score of 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate World Language exam

  • Score at the Intermediate Level, 3+, on a Sign Language Proficiency Interview

  • Score of 50 or higher on a College Board CLEP Level I World Language exam

  • Score of I-4 or higher on the ALIRA Latin exam

  • Pass a foreign government's approved non-English language exam

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Fall Semester GPA of 3.0 or higher in high school ELA courses

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SEAL OF BILITERACY HONORS AWARD
for 12th Graders

Students must meet one from each category below

English Language Criteria (must meet one):

  • Score of 'Mastered' on all English TNReady End of Course assessments taken in high school

  • Score of 24 or higher on the Reading portion of the ACT

  • Score of 580 or higher on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading Subtest

  • Score of 5 on an Advanced Placement English Language or English Literature exam

  • Score of A on a Cambridge International English Language and Literature exam

  • Score of 5 or higher on an International Baccalaureate English Language and Literature exam

  • Grade of 93 or higher in a Dual Enrollment English course

  • For ELLs, WIDA ACCESS Composite score of 5.0 or higher in 11th grade

World Language Criteria (must meet one): 

  • Score of Advanced-Low (A-1) in all domains of an ACTFL-Aligned World Language assessment

  • Score of 5 on an Advanced Placement World Language exam

  • Score of A on a Cambridge International World Language exam

  • Score of 5 or higher on an International Baccalaureate World Language exam

  • Score at the Advanced Level, 4+, on a Sign Language Proficiency Interview

  • Score of 50 or higher on a College Board CLEP Level II World Language exam

  • Score of A or higher on the ALIRA Latin exam

  • Pass a foreign government's approved non-English language exam

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Fall Semester GPA of 3.5 or higher in high school ELA courses

10 Hours of Documented Community Service during 12th grade

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