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Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy

The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award provided by state approved districts that recognizes high school graduates who attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and a world language in recognition of having studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Our vision is to help students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual. The State Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.

Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy

  • Join a Seal of Biliteracy Regional Team (SeBRTs)

    SeBRTs is a collaboration among districts in the same region to promote the Seal of Biliteracy, analyze Seal of Biliteracy results, participate in mentorship programs, and study challenges raised by the Seal. See the links below for more information.

  • Guidance and General Information

  • Assessments

    In order to qualify for the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy, students must demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other language. Provided below is a list of assessments of English Language Arts and World Languages and their corresponding minimum threshold scores that the Department has approved for demonstrating proficiency toward the Seal of Biliteracy and the Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction. Languages for which there is no approved assessment in all four areas qualify for portfolio assessment. Click on the link below for more information.

  • Implementation

  • Reporting

Last Updated: October 7, 2020

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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