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Seal of BiliteracY



An award program overseen by the Massachusetts Language Opportunity Coalition (LOC) that can be awarded in addition to the official MA State Seal of Biliteracy.

The LOC created a Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL) Workgroup, a strong, enduring collaboration of world language (MaFLA), dual language (MABE), and English language learning (MATSOL) professional teacher organizations and conducted a pilot over three years (2015-2018) before passing legislation to develop a multi-tiered award structure for the SoBL and parameters for implementation in districts in the state.  The pilot involved the cooperation and input of leaders and teachers of all language learning program types and levels; world language, dual language education, transitional bilingual education, immersion, English language education, elementary, middle, high school, and university.


    The LOC Biliteracy Pathway Awards are designed for students and schools who do not meet the state criteria such as:

    • School districts that want to award FUNCTIONAL biliteracy at the Intermediate–Mid level of proficiency
    • School districts that want to award emerging bilingualism and biliteracy for students at the Novice level of proficiency in elementary school OR for students with disabilities 
    • Independent schools whose students do not take MCAS
    Read about the experience of the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot. 

    The chapter - A Collaborative Model for Seal of Biliteracy Implementation: The Massachusetts Pilot Project, written by the LOC Co-Leaders Nicole L Sherf, Phyllis R. Hardy, and Helen Solorzano can be found in the text The Seal of Biliteracy, Case Studies and Considerations for Policy Implementation, Edited by: Amy J. Heineke, Loyola University Chicago and Kristin J. Davin, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

      Massachusetts Language Opportunity Coalition Resources

      Connecticut SoBL Resources


      RIFLA will offer a Seal of Biliteracy Info Session for 2022 testing on Tuesday, January 11th at 3:30pm via Zoom. Participants should register using this Google Form and will be provided with the Zoom link prior to the meeting.Full link:

      This year marks the Seal of Biliteracy going live as a RIDE-endorsed designation. Whether your school has been giving the Seal of Biliteracy already or you are new to it, come to this informational session to get your questions answered! 

        SoBL Google Group MEETING Dates for SY 2021-22

        The meeting dates for the SoBL Google Group for this year will again focus on equitable implementation of both the LOC Pathway Awards and the State SoBL Awards.  A zoom link will be provided on the SoBL Google Group site for the virtual meetings.  

        • Monday, October 18, 2021; 7 - 8 pm
        • Monday, February 7, 2022; 7 - 8 pm
        • Monday, Mary 2, 2022; 7 - 8pm

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