Seal of Biliteracy

  • What is the Seal of Biliteracy?

    The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy is established to recognize public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English. "Participating school districts with students eligible to receive the Seal, shall place a notation on a student’s high school diploma and high school transcript indicating that the student has earned the seal." (RCW 28A.230.125)

    The Seal will be available to districts to formally recognize students that demonstrate:

    • Proficiency in English
      • passed ELA state assessment
      • met ELA graduation requirements
    • Proficiency in a language other than English.
      • Eligible to receive 4 credits on one of the state approved World Language Competency-Based test.
      • Receives a 3 or higher on the AP Language Exam
      • Receives a 4 or higher on the IB Language Exam

    Who is eligible for the Seal?

    • Heritage Speakers who meet the criteria
    • Students who have lived abroad and acquired reading , writing and speaking skills in a language other then English
    • Students who have learned a language in a coursework environment who meet the requirements.

    How will these students be recognized?

    • Marked on student’s transcript
    • Seal from the state to go on diploma
    • Medallions to wear at graduation
Washington Literacy: Seal of Literacy