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Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy
The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to high school seniors upon graduation in recognition of having achieved the state-determined “high” level of proficiency in English as well as one or more additional languages. The award is affixed to the high school transcript or diploma for these students and certifies their biliteracy for employers and universities. It is a statement of accomplishment that helps to signal evidence of a student's readiness for career and college, and to engage as a global citizen.
The criteria for earning the MA State Seal of Biliteracy is Intermediate-High. For the State Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction the criteria is Advanced-Low. A complete description of the state awards and procedures and can be found in603 CMR 31.07(2) of the state regulations. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education established these criteria to identify and recognize students who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and not less than one foreign language. To qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy, students must meet all graduation requirements and the English language and foreign language criteria. See criteria in Guidance for Implementing the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy.
Participation in the MA Seal of Biliteracy is voluntary for the district, the school, and the student
Language Opportunity Coalition Seal of Biliteracy Multi-Tiered Awards
An award program overseen by the 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 SoBLand 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 SoBL Multi-Tiered awards are designed for students and schools who do not meet the state criteria such as:
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