HB 879 was signed into law on May 3, 2016, establishing a Seal of Biliteracy for the state of Georgia. With an excellent effort from our Alpharetta Tamil School, Tamil was added to the list in 2018.
Alpharetta Tamil School has been selected as an approved test center by Avant STAMP 2S to take the language proficiency test for earning the Seal of Biliteracy/Global Seal. With the approval of our school as the test center, any high school student can take the test at our school in a much familiar setting.
The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy are as follows:
It is an award for a high school student for being proficient in one or more languages in addition to English.
The Seal of Biliteracy is open to all high school students in the state of GA.
In order to qualify for the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy, a high school graduate shall meet the following criteria:
(1) Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in those classes; and
(2) Proficiency in Tamil, demonstrated by passing an Avant STAMP WS with a score of 6 or higher in both Writing and Speaking sections. Please refer all proficiency exams details here.
No. Seal of Biliteracy is different from earning HS credit for Tamil. Earning HS credit does not mean earning Seal of Biliteracy, they are mutually exclusive. HS credit will be issued, upon graduating from ATS, by respective Fulton County and Forsyth County school systems.
On the other hand, Seal of Biliteracy will be issued by the State of Georgia Department of Education (DOE). To earn Seal of Biliteracy, students would have to take a separate, additional Tamil proficiency test. Graduating from Tamil school is not a requirement.
Seal of Biliteracy prep class at ATS, which typically run for 15 weeks. The classes are small with 10-12 students in each class which allows the teacher to provide individual attention. This prep class focuses on
Yes. Please contact ATS admin team for the fees structure.
The fees will cover prep classes, mock exams, test center logistics, test administration, Global seal medals/certificates but not the Avant STAMP WS exam fees.
Yes, this prep class is open to all high school students in the state of GA. Students graduated from other Tamil schools can also register and join the prep classes.
The prep class teachers and Biliteracy coordinator from ATS will evaluate the readiness of the student and will recommend to register for one of the pre-scheduled Seal of Biliteracy exams during the school year. (ATS admin team will publish the exam dates after working with Avant team).
For the students who are in 12th grade, the teachers will work on a fast-track schedule and the students are encouraged to take the exam as soon as they are ready, any time before March to meet the April Seal of Biliteracy deadline in their senior year.
It is a heavily discounted price for the ATS Test center, as of Jan 1st, 2022 it is $22.90
Normally it takes 3 to 4 hours for both sections. On an average, student will spend 30-45 minutes per question; in total there are 3 questions for each section (Writing and Speaking)
The student needs a minimum score of 6 marks in both writing and speaking sections of the exam to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy.
Yes. They can retake the writing or speaking or both until they get the required minimum score, which is 6 marks in the Avant STAMP 2S.
Students will have to retake only the section where they couldn’t get the required minimum score. There will be a fee of $10 for each section of the retake each time.
Please note, there is no limits on number of retakes. Students can continue to retake till they get the required minimum score in each section.
Once the student earns the seal, instruction will be provided by the ATS counselor.
What is Global Seal?
It is an award given by 3rd party organization, The Global Seal, for a high school student for being proficient in one or more languages in addition to English. Please refer for more info here.
Do the students need to take a separate exam for Global Seal?
No, the same exam they take for GA Seal of Biliteracy will be sufficient. But the required minimum score in each section of the Avant STAMP 2S exam is less than the GA Seal of Biliteracy. Student will have to score a minimum of 5 marks in the exam (GA DOE needs a minimum of 6 marks for State Seal of Biliteracy)
Do the students need to apply for the Global Seal?
No, ATS will apply for the Global Seal on behalf of students who have received required minimum score, which 5 or more in each section in the Avant STAMP 2S exam.