#2bilit2quit For our students to become globally competitive, we must begin to support a K-16 vision for language learners. Our students benefit from quality dual-language and immersion programs as well as the reward for increased proficiency offered by the new State Seal of Biliteracy movement. The map to the right is linked to www.sealofbiliteracy.org .
See ACTFL's Advocacy page at http://www.actfl.org/advocacy Together with TESOL, NCSSFL and NABE, ACTFL has worked collaboratively to provide National Guidelines for the State Seal of Biliteracy. These guidelines will assist states that adopt this powerful recognition program to recognize language learners.
Education Weekly Blog Post - November 21, 2014 "How the State Seal of Biliteracy is a Game Changer" by Linda L Egnatz
National Public Radio: "On the High School Diploma: A 'Bilingual Stamp' of Approval" April 21, 2015.
IDEAS THAT INNOVATE - WE Global Network. State and Local policy links to the "Seal of Biliteracy." Available as a PDF file.
ILLINOIS Districts and Language Educators: In order to participate in the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy program, districts must apply to ISBE. You'll find all of the guidelines and application procedures on the ISBE website. http://www.isbe.net/seal-of-biliteracy/default.htm
Chicago Public Schools have adopted and are implementing the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy. Their program includes the establishment of benchmarks and a student application process. Learn more at CPS website Seal of Biliteracy page
Over 800 Illinois 2015 High School Graduates receive the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy in this its first inaugural year! http://www.isbe.net/board/archivemessages/2015/message_060815.pdf
This page is being updated with the latest information, resources and support for districts/ states adopting the Seal of Biliteracy. BOLD passed!
Links to State information:
Illinois State Board of Education. Seal of Biliteracy webpage. Illinois HB 4338 provides Seal of Biliteracy recipients with college credit! Illinois proficiency level required is Intermediate High in all domains.
California Department of Education. Seal of Biliteracy webpage. Californian's Together Seal of Biliteracy webpage. Seat-time or Testing.
Washington State. Office of Superintendent of Public Education Seal of Biliteracy Webpage. Proficiency level required: Intermediate Mid
New York State. New York State Board of Regent's Pilot. Fordham University Seal of Biliteracy FAQs.
Louisiana. Louisiana House Bill 1016 passed. Proposed rules for Louisiana State Seal of Biliteracy implementation.
New Mexico. New Mexico Public Education Department Seal of Bilingualism & Biliteracy webpage. New Mexico's Seal of Bilingualism & Biliteracy Handbook
Minnesota. Minnesota Certificate of World Language Proficiency.
Indiana. Indiana legislature has passed and governor has signed Indiana Seal of Biliteracy law. Implementation phase begins.
Washington D.C. & DCPS. Press Release. Washington D.C. Seal of Biliteracy website.
Virginia. Seal of Biliteracy signed into law March 2015. Virginia Board of Education Seal of Biliteracy. Virginia Board of Education first draft of implementation rules.
Texas. Seal of Bilingualism and Biliteracy. Effective for 2015 high school graduates.
Nevada. Seal of Biliteracy. Effective July 1, 2015 - Rules phase has begun.
New Jersey. Seal of Biliteracy. Signed January 19, 2016. Effective for 2017 graduates. FLENJ
Florida. After House Bill 855 failed in April 2015, Miami-Dade County will offered a "Seal of Biliteracy" as did Broward County. EdWeek Announcement For details see Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA). The Seal of Biliteracy passes as an Amendment to HB 7029 (a charter/virtual school bill). Establishes 2 tiered Seal (Silver and Gold) and is approved by the Governor April 14, 2016. Florida synopsis
Hawaii. Seal of Biliteracy passed June 2015. Hawaii is state #10. Hawaii Board of Education and Hawaii Language Roadmap Initiative
Utah. Seal of Biliteracy. Passed December 4, 2015. Two-Tiered Recognition: Platinum for Advanced Low, Gold for Intermediate Mid
Wisconsin. Seal of Biliteracy. Approved by Wisconsin Board of Education October 2015. Two-Tiered Recognition: Distinguished for Advanced Mid, Seal for Intermediate High. Districts must apply.
Maryland. Seal of Biliteracy HB 708 passes April 26, 2016. Effective 2016-17 school year. Read press release.
Georgia. Seal of Biliteracy HB 879 signed by Governor on May 4, 2016. Read press release.
Arizona. Proposed Seal of Biliteracy. Senate Bill 1239 is signed by Governor May 12, 2016.
Oregon. Seal of Biliteracy began their program with district pilots. Approved 4/14 by the Oregon Department of Education. Proficiency level required is Advanced Low in all domains.
Maryland. Seal of Biliteracy enacted. Senate Bill 0781 signed by Governor 4/26/2016. Rules to be determined by October 1, 2016
North Carolina. The "Global Language Diploma Seal" approved 1/20/2015 is awarded for Intermediate Low proficiency or Seat Time.
Rhode Island Assembly passes the Seal of Biliteracy 6/14/16. Signed by Governor.
Ohio. Introduced Seal of Biliteracy in the Ohio House: House Bill #487 Introduced March 8, 2016. OFLA Advocacy page.
Kansas Board of Education adopts Seal of Biliteracy 5/17/2016. Guidelines for Kansas Seal of Biliteracy
Massachusetts. Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MAFLA) website. Seal of Biliteracy legislation are cosponsored the bills: H422 An Act to Establish a State Seal of Biliteracy (Representative Kay Khan, lead sponsor) and S336 An Act to Promote Global Trade and Economic Development through Biliteracy (Senator Karen Spilka, lead sponsor).
Connecticut. Seal of Biliteracy. Proposed 2016 legislation.
Iowa. Seal of Biliteracy. Legislation SSB3092 introduced and in sub-committee in Feb 2016. Show your support: ACTFL CapWiz
Colorado. Three districts (DPS, Eagle and Adams 14) collaborated to provide a district pilot Seal of Biliteracy.
In March 2017, Seal of Biliteracy SB17-123 passes Colorado House and Senate. Press Release.
Alaska. Anchorage has implemented a district Seal of Biliteracy. April 11, 2016. Read announcement.