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Seal of BiliteracySEAL OF BILITERACY
for Eligible Graduating High School Seniors


The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given in recognition of students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Appearing on the transcript of the graduating senior, the Seal of Biliteracy is a statement of accomplishment for gaining competency in two or more languages and is viewed as an asset when applying for a job or for college admission.

GOALS:

In awarding the Seal of Biliteracy to graduating seniors who met the requirements we seek to:

  • Recognize and honor our rich and diverse language assets
  • Promote the study of world languages
  • Promote the development of language and cultural appreciation and cross-cultural understanding
  • Encourage the development of dual language immersion programs, and foreign, native and heritage language programs in schools
  • Provide employers and universities with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills

ELIGIBILITY

The New Jersey Department of Education is in the process of developing criteria to designate students as biliterate and expects to implement the criteria for the 2016-17 school year. Students who participate in the biliteracy initiative will have the opportunity to meet the criteria in English and in world language(s).

As information becomes available, the Department will post it on the following web pages:

In the interim, please direct questions to the Bilingual/ESL Bureau in the Office of Supplemental Educational Programs at lep@doe.state.nj.us or to the World Languages Coordinator in the Division of Teaching and Learning at worldlang@doe.state.nj.us.

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