2017-18 Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project Update

Seal-of-Biliteracy-Logo56 schools or school districts are currently participating in the third year of the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project.

  • 2016: 10 schools/districts made over 300 awards.
  • 2017: 17 schools/districts made over 900 awards.

The remaining schools/districts are in the planning and implementation stages of the pilot. The next awards will be made at the end of the school year in 2018. Continue reading

Brockton adopts Seal of Biliteracy

Seal-of-Biliteracy-LogoBROCKTON – Brockton High School is full of students whose families speak two or even three languages, and now those students will be able to leverage their bilingualism toward certified biliteracy.

This year, Brockton became only the eighth school district in Massachusetts to offer a pilot biliteracy program that helps students earn a Seal of Biliteracy.

Students who complete program requirements will have a seal marked on their high school transcript or diploma, signifying their ability to read, write, and speak proficiently in another language. Read more…

Brockton Enterprise: Brockton students can earn multi-language stamp of approval

2016 Seal of Biliteracy Awards

Seal-of-Biliteracy-LogoThe first Seal of Biliteracy Awards were presented in Massachusetts in the spring of 2016 by schools and school districts participating in the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project.

300+ Award Recipients

  • 19      Platinum Seal of Biliteracy (Advanced-Low)
  • 55       Gold Seal of Biliteracy (Intermediate-High)
  • 208   Silver Seal of Biliteracy (Intermediate-Mid)
  • 32      Biliteracy Attainment Award (Intermediate-Low)

8 School Districts

  • Andover, Arlington, Boston, Falmouth, Framingham, Melrose, Wilmington, and Winchester, Massachusetts

11 Language Learning Programs

  • Middle and high school World Language programs.
  • Elementary and middle school Two-Way Immersion (TWI) and Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) programs.

Data collected by the Language Opportunity Coalition.

Download flier on the 2016 Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project

Seal of Biliteracy

Support the Seal of Biliteracy in Massachusetts! Support An Act to Establish a State Seal of Biliteracy H.422/S.336 and An Act relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK) H.498/S.262.

“A lot of businesses want to know, ‘Do you know Chinese? And how do I know you know?’ And you can have your certificate as verification.”

NPR: On The High School Diploma: A ‘Bilingual’ Stamp Of Approval?

Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines

Just released! Recommendations for the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy from The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), and TESOL International Association.