The Seal of Biliteracy
What is the purpose of the State Seal of Biliteracy?
The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the State of California in partnership with county offices and local school districts. It recognizes and honors student attainment of proficiency in English and at least one other world language by high school graduation. Appearing on the transcript of the graduating senior, the State Seal of Biliteracy serves to verify a student’s linguistic proficiencies to potential employers and interested colleges.
The Seal is intended to:
- Recognize students who have acquired proficiency in English and additional language(s)
- Emphasize the value of knowing many languages
- Contribute to global understanding
- Encourage the learning of all languages
What are the benefits of the State Seal of Biliteracy?
The Seal is intended to be a(n):
- Assurance of a marketable skill
- Connection of community efforts to teach language(s) and culture(s) to the K-12 school system
- Transcript notation
- Recognition of the award at graduation ceremonies (based on district policy)
A message from the Superintendent,
One of the many assets of the Central Valley of California is the diversity of its population. Many of our citizens and neighbors represent international cultures and speak a variety of languages. The Stanislaus County Office of Education applauds students with mastery in multiple languages. The State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes those students who have developed proficiency in English and at least one other world language. This proficiency enhances a student's education and value in the marketplace. Our economy is tied to that of other nations, and Californians who can participate across international borders bring strength and potential to this State's global enterprises.