Wicomico County Public Schools is proud to offer students the opportunity to earn the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy.

A Seal of Biliteracy is a state award that recognizes a student’s high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages other than English. It is awarded to eligible high school students by participating public school systems in Maryland, including Wicomico.

The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is to:

    • Recognize the value of language learning in public schools.

    • Encourage students to attain high proficiency levels in one or more languages in addition to English.

    • Affirm native or heritage languages.

    • Provide employers with a method of identifying individuals with language and biliteracy skills.

    • Prepare students with the critical skills necessary to function in a global society.

    • Strengthen cross-cultural communication, affirm the value of diversity and honor the multiple cultures and languages in our communities.

In addition to the notation on their high school transcript, Seal of Biliteracy recipients receive a certificate and a medal to wear as part of the commencement regalia.

Since 2019, Wicomico County Public Schools has had 33 students graduate with the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy distinction!

Seal of Biliteracy

To be eligible for a Seal of Biliteracy, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

~ Meet the Maryland High School Assessment requirements in English for their graduating class.

~ Score Intermediate High Proficiency or equivalent on an approved world language assessment.


Although students may test at any point during high school, the Seal of Biliteracy is not awarded until a student graduates.


WCPS uses the Avant STAMP 4S and Avant STAMP WS assessments.


The Avant STAMP 4S assesses students in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking and can be taken in:

• Arabic • English • French • German • Hebrew

• Hindi • Italian • Japanese • Korean

• Mandarin (simplified & traditional) • Polish

• Portuguese (Brazilian) RussianSpanish


In the Avant STAMP WS students self-evaluate in Reading and Listening before being assessed in Writing and Speaking. The Avant STAMP WS can be taken in:

AmharicArmenianCabo VerdeanChin (Hakha)

Chuukese CzeckFilipino (Tagalog)Haitian Creole

Hawaiian (‘Ōlelo Hawai’i) HmongIlocanoKannada

MarathiMarshallese Samoan Somali Maay Maay

Somali Maxaa Tamil Telugu Turkish Urdu

Vietnamese Yup'ik Zomi


Tests are $24.90. Payment must be made online. Cash and check payments are NOT an option. Pay for your test by going to:

https://avantassessment.ecwid.com/#!/Wicomico-County-Public-Schools/c/34826039

For More Information reach out to your school's Seal of Biliteracy Liaison or contact Seal of Biliteracy Testing Coordinator Sherri Harkins (sharkins@wcboe.org).

Carolina Kurtz

ckurtz@wcboe.org

Trisha Pippin

tpippin@wcboe.org

Kimberly Fitzgerald

kfitzger@wcboe.org

Sherri Harkins

sharkins@wcboe.org

Adriana Bonsteel

abonstee@wcboe.org

Testing dates for the 2022-2023 school year will be posted prior to the start of the school year.

Semester 1 Testing ~
(with retesting as needed)

Test: December 13, 2022

Retest: January 24, 2023

Semester 2 Testing ~
(with retesting as needed)

Test: March 14, 2023

Retest: April 12, 2023


To register to test for the Seal of Biliteracy go to

www.tinyurl.com/wcpssealofbiliteracy