MA State Seal of Biliteracy
On November 22, 2017, Governor Baker signed into law "An Act Relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids," Chapter 138 of the Acts of 2017, commonly referred to as the LOOK Act. The State Seal of Biliteracy is a key element of the LOOK Act. On June 26, 2018, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted regulations that describe the criteria that school districts must use to award the State Seal of Biliteracy.
The State Seal of Biliteracy program begins with the graduating class of 2019.
Participation in the State Seal of Biliteracy Program is voluntary for districts. Districts that wish to participate in the program should identify a primary and secondary contact for communication with the Department about the district's participation. The identified contacts should:
Read the Guidance for Implementing the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy;
Notify the Department of the district's intent to participate in the State Seal of Biliteracy program by sending an email to MAStateSealofBiliteracy@doe.mass.edu ;
Follow the email reply's prompts to the Department's Web-Based Monitoring System (WBMS) web page to access the approved insignia and to record the names and contact information for the district's primary and secondary State Seal of Biliteracy contacts. Attached to this memo are visual direction to access the Seal of Biliteracy via WBMS.
MA State Seal of Biliteracy Letter to Graduates
Congratulatory Message from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
DESE World Languages Newsletter 2.1 Winter 2020
Implementation Checklist and Timeline
Sample Parent Notification of District Participation
Implementing the MA State Seal of Biliteracy Webinar Presentation
Enrolling in the State Seal of Biliteracy through WBMS
How to Access the State Seal of Biliteracy Insignia in WBMS
Criteria for Students to Earn the MA State Seal of Biliteracy
MA Approved Assessment Instruments for English and Foreign Languages
Portfolio-Based Alternative Evidence Method for Foreign Language Assessment in MA
Frequently Asked Questions about the MA State Seal of Biliteracy
603 CMR 31.00: Massachusetts Certificate of Mastery and State Seal of Biliteracy
Last Updated: June 19, 2020