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Seal of Biliteracy Resources

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a public or private school or university, school district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by the time of high school or college graduation. It not only helps students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual, but it encourages them to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and colleges.  To date, the Seal of Biliteracy has been adopted by 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, while legislation is being considered in four additional states to adopt the seal.

Since its inception in 2015, TESOL International Association has played a pivotal role in the creation of the guidelines for implementing the Seal of Biliteracy. Below, find more information and resources concerning the seal. 

TESOL members who have questions about the Seal of Biliteracy or would like more information about the updated 2020 guidelines can contact Christel Broady

Seal of Biliteracy Homepage

Steps to Implementing the Seal of Biliteracy

2020 Guidelines for Implementing the Seal of Biliteracy

2015 Guidelines for Implementing the Seal of Biliteracy

TESOL Statement Endorsing the Updated 2020 Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines

2020 Seal of Biliteracy Report for the 2018-19 School Year