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Stanislaus County Office of Education

The Stanislaus County Seal of Biliteracy

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The Stanislaus County Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the Stanislaus County Office of Education in partnership with the State of California 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 Stanislaus Seal of Biliteracy serves to verify a student’s linguistic proficiencies to potential employers and interested colleges.

The Seal of Biliteracy 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 Seal of Biliteracy?
  • Assurance of a marketable skill
  • Connection of community efforts to teach language(s) and culture(s)
  • Transcript notation
  • Recognition of the award at graduation ceremonies (based on district policy)
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Contact Us

1100 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 238-1301
(209) 238-4236  Fax



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Students must meet all requirements before applying. Eligibility can be determined by reviewing the requirements checklist.

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Sign up to interview students!

Help us interview students in English and world languages, to determine their proficiency in that language.  Volunteer assessors should be proficient in English and the target language. All assessors are trained before being supplied a list of questions designed to elicit extended responses and a rubric.  After engaging students in an approximately 15-20 minutes conversation per language, assessors score students' language proficiency using that rubric. 

No other expertise is required!

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"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."

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Key Contacts

Elvira Ruiz

Titles: Support Specialist - Special Projects
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-238-1301

Lori Dougherty

Titles: Director I, K-12 Literacy
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-238-1317

Brenda Insurriaga Nevarez

Titles: Project Coordinator, ELA/ELD
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-238-1333

Christine Sisco

Titles: Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support Services
Phone Numbers:
School: 209-238-1331
Work: 209-238-1329