Seal: Overview

 

An Overview of the Process

The State Seal Biliteracy honors students who demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other language.

Who can apply?

What are the new Seal requirements?
  • The full list of state requirements can be found here.
  • The Seal process must now start at students' districts and high schools.
  • What are the new districts' requirements?
    • Per new state mandate, each district will establish its own assessment guidelines and deadlines.
    • Please contact your high school's administration office for your specific guidelines and deadlines.
    • Students must turn in the completed permission slip
  • Will the entire Seal process happen at the high school?
    • No.  Students will be prescreened by the sites then complete the process at the county office.

The Application Process
  • The application process for all seniors will start at their participating high school.
  • All students must be screened at participating schools for:
    • completion of state requirements
    • completion of the permission slip, and
    • writing proficiency in English and the target language(s).
  • Students who have successfully navigated the application process, at participating schools, will be invited to the Student Interview Event tentatively scheduled for March 13, 2021.
    • The final format will be determined by public health guidance as the date approaches.
    • Additional information about the Student Interview Event can be found on the FAQ webpage.

Permission to Participate
  • All students will have to turn in a completed and signed permission slip to the participating high school.
  • Eligible seniors should contact their participating high school for a list of requirements.

Your Seal Portfolio
  • Each district will determine what the writing portion of the Seal Portfolio consists of.  
  • The interviews are the final piece of the portfolio.
    • Prequalified seniors will receive an invitation to the Student Interview Event tentatively scheduled for March 13, 2021.
    • The final format will be determined by public health guidance as the date approaches.

Major Events in the Seal Process
  • Fall 2020 - Students should contact their participating high school at the beginning of the school year to ensure deadlines are not missed.
  • January 27, 2021 - Deadline for districts to submit:
    • List of prequalified seniors
    • Completed and signed student permission slips
    • List of assessors for the Student Interview Event
  • The Student Interview Event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2021.
    • The final format will be determined by public health guidance as the date approaches.
    • Once your interview date is determined, it is critical that you are available.  Seal deadlines are no different than those of a college application, thus make up dates are not possible.  All students must meet the same deadlines.
    • Students will be interviewed at least twice; once in English and once for every target language for which you are attempting to earn the Seal.
    • Students can find a copy of the scoring requirements here.
    • Interview results will be released as quickly as possible to participating high schools first.
    • You will receive an email detailing your results the high school is notified.

 

 

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Christine Sisco
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Elvira Ruiz,
Special Programs Specialist

(209) 238-1301

Brenda Insurriaga
Consultant

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