The Seal of Biliteracy is recognition from an educational agency - alone, or in conjunction with a state - that acknowledges a student’s successful attainment of a high-level proficiency in two or more languages by the time of graduation from high school.
In Rhode Island, recognition of the Seal of Biliteracy became official on June 17, 2016, making this the 23rd state in the nation to offer such acknowledgment. Districts around Rhode Island are now offering the Seal of Biliteracy to students who have shown proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English, as well as one or more additional languages.
The Seal of Biliteracy gives added value to high school diplomas of all English Language Learner students who have mastery of their first language, and who have achieved the required level of English language proficiency in all domains for academic purposes.
Given the increased demand for knowing multiple languages in the workforce, students with the Seal of Biliteracy will be better positioned to qualify for college admission and specialized jobs, and better prepared for success in future endeavors.