Statement on the Criteria for the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy

November 2, 2018

The Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced his decision regarding the levels and criteria for the State Seal of Biliteracy, establishing a two tiered award, the Seal of Biliteracy and the Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction, starting at a minimum of Intermediate-High level of the ACTFL proficiency guidelines for world languages. Continue reading

Coalition Presents at MASC/MASS Conference

MASC-Presentation-Nov18Coalition members Helen Solorzano, Nicole Sherf, Phyllis Hardy & Kim Talbot presented to superintendents and school committee members on the LOOK Act and Seal of Biliteracy at the 2018 MASS/MASC Joint Conference.

In the session Opportunities for Dual Language Education: The MA LOOK Act, we reviewed provisions in the LOOK Act related to establishing new English Learner programs and discussed considerations and processes for starting new dual language programs. In The MA Seal of Biliteracy: From Pilot to Law to Practice, we introduced the audience to the Seal of Biliteracy and discussed data from the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project.

We appreciated the opportunity to present at the conference and hope to continue collaborating with MASC and MASS in the future.

2018 Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project Data

The Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project was coordinated by the Language Opportunity Coalition for three years from the 2015-16 school year through June 2018*. Participating schools and school districts followed the Coalition’s guidelines for the award, which were developed by Massachusetts educators based the national Guidelines for Implementing the Seal of Biliteracy and practices in other states.  Continue reading

Language Opportunity Coalition Honored for Advocacy

June 4, 2018 — Four Massachusetts nonprofits and two nonprofit leaders today were cited as role models for the sector when they were named Nonprofit Excellence Award winners at a State House event in connection with Nonprofit Awareness Day, a 10-year-old statewide celebration of the contributions of Massachusetts nonprofits.

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Comment on LOOK Act Regulations

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The Language Opportunity Coalition has released additional comments on the proposed LOOK Act regulations:

  • Placement of Students in English Learner Programs 603 CMR 14.04
  • Parent Advisory Councils 603 CMR 14.09
  • Bilingual Education Endorsement 603 CMR 17.04
  • Vocational Technical Education – SEI Teacher Endorsement

View the Coalition’s full public comment submission on the LOOK Act regulations, including our statement opposing the Seal of Biliteracy regulations.

Public comment is open until Friday, May 18!

See instructions for how to submit public comment on the regulations.

LOOK Act for Parents

Resources for parents in English, Spanish, and Portuguese to give public comment on the LOOK Act, from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.