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:

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.