Johnston students in grades 10-12 now have the opportunity to earn the State of Iowa Seal of Biliteracy, which recognizes proficiency in English and at least one other language through approved assessments. All languages will be recognized, including Spanish, Bosnian, Chinese, and American Sign Language. About 140 languages are spoken in Iowa and nearly 65 within the Johnston Community School District.
Students should contact their school counselor, world language teacher, ESL teacher, or AP English teacher to learn more about the testing requirements and available testing dates. Students and/or their families are responsible for all fees related to testing, if applicable. The Johnston Community School District is currently working with the Urbandale and West Des Moines districts to secure a metro-area location for testing.
To earn the seal, students must show demonstrated proficiency in a given language. Read more about the biliteracy guidance, including proficiency levels and accepted assessments here.
Once a student has passed the assessment and is approved, they will earn the Seal of Biliteracy, which goes on their diploma and high school transcript. Earning the seal does not count toward earned credit.