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The Santa Clara County Office of Education has launched the Seal of Biliteracy initiative. It is an effort to award high school seniors certification noting mastery attainment of two or more languages upon their graduation. A system of "pathway" awards recognizing benchmarks towards biliteracy is expected for students in preschool through high school. A countywide Seal of Biliteracy advisory group was formed in January 2010 with six districts represented, and ideas developed by this advisory group were shared at the countywide English Language Acquisition Consortium (ELAC) meetings. This webpage is dedicated to sharing resources with districts to support their endeavor in establishing the Seal of Biliteracy. Importance of the State Seal of Biliteracy
The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) provides three certificates to recognize students for demonstrating proficiency in English and another language.
Public schools in Santa Clara County are eligible to request certificates if they have completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Please email email@example.com if you have questions or would like to establish an MOU.
State Seal of Biliteracy
The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB), marked by a gold seal on the diploma or transcript, recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English.
CDE Resources - California Department of Education
SSB Insignia Request Form from the CDE
Biliteracy Pathway Recognitions
The Biliteracy Pathway Recognitions are established to recognize preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students who have demonstrated progress toward proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
This past year, California Assembly Bill 370 (CA AB 370) was created as an effort to improve inclusion in recognizing and promoting language proficiency. It addresses the eligibility criteria for the Seal of Biliteracy.
On October 7th, CA AB 370 was successfully passed through the legislative process and was signed into law by Governor Newsom.