State Seal of Biliteracy Update

From English Learner Education Updates, presentation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, October 30, 2018, slides 9-12

The Department is finalizing guidance for the Seal of Biliteracy, but it has not yet been released. Please check the DESE website for updates and more information: 

The State Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to students who have attained a high level of  proficiency in English and a foreign language beginning with the graduating class of 2019.

Two tiers of the Seal:

  • The State Seal of Biliteracy
  • The State Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction

State Seal of Biliteracy

English Criteria:

  • Meets all graduation requirements; AND
  • Meets the English Language Arts requirement of the Competency Determination;
  • Students who are required to complete an Educational Proficiency Plan to satisfy
    the requirements of the Competency Determination must attain a minimum score
    of 240 on the MCAS retake or a composite score of 4.2 on ACCESS* English
    Language Development test.  *English Learners only.

Foreign Language Criteria:

State Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction

English Language Arts Criteria:

  • Students must meet or exceed a scaled score of 260 (Advanced) on the current grade 10 version of ELA MCAS.

Foreign Language Criteria: