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Bilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates
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Bilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates

Bilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates

The Minnesota Bilingual/Multilingual Seal program recognized students who can demonstrate proficiency in a world language. Created by the Minnesota Learn English for Academic Proficiency and Success (LEAPS) act in 2014, the Multilingual/Bilingual Seals program gives students an opportunity to earn college credit from the Minnesota State system, a statewide network of 30 colleges and seven universities with 54 campuses across Minnesota

Bilingual/Multilingual Seals are available to all students at Minneapolis Public Schools. Both native speakers of a world language and students who study a world language are eligible to earn college credit if they demonstrate proficiency in a world language based on standards developed by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Students may demonstrate proficiency through multiple tests, including IB DP exams, AP language exams, MPS Hmong and Somali language tests, and ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) tests. The score necessary for credit depends on the test taken, and the amount of credit awarded by MnSCU varies based on the level of proficiency demonstrated. The amount of credit awarded may also vary depending on a particular school's requirements. Click here to learn more the scores required to demonstrate proficiency and earn college credit.

Minneapolis Public Schools offers language proficiency assessments in many languages, including:

  • ASL
  • Arabic
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Oromo
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

Since the Minnesota Bilingual/Multilingual Seal program began in 2014-2015, the number of students earning college credit for demonstrating proficiency in a world language has increased steadily. Every year, MPS awards several hundred students for demonstrating proficiency in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Hmong, Japanese, Russian, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Students from Edison, Henry, Heritage Academy, Longfellow, North, Roosevelt, South, Southwest, Washburn, Wellstone and contract alternative schools participated. 

School Year Number of Students Recognized








2018-19 642