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Seal of Biliteracy

       New York State Seal of Biliteracy

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What is the New York State Seal of Biliteracy?

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a gold seal that appears on the diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.
What are the goals of the Seal of Biliteracy?

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Highlight the achievement of multilingual students

·         Prepare students with twenty-first century skills

·         Recognize the value of world and home language instruction in schools

·         Identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers and/or postsecondary education

What are the criteria for the Seal of Biliteracy?
All students wishing to earn the Seal of Biliteracy must earn a NYS Regents diploma and demonstrate proficiency in both English and a World Language by earning points in various ways described below. In almost all cases, students will complete a Culminating Project in either English or a World Language.
Criteria for Demonstrating Proficiency in English (3 points required)

  • NYS English Regents – minimum 80 (1 point)
  • For English Language Learners (ELL) – score 75 or better on two Regents, without translation (1 point)

  • For English Language Learners (ELL) – score 290 or above in grades 9-12 on NYSESLAT (1 point)

  • English 11 & 12 – class average of 85 or above (1 point)

  • AP Language or AP Literature  Exam– 3 or higher (1 point)

  • Culminating Project in English (2 points)

Criteria for Demonstrating Proficiency in a World Language (3 points required)

  • Checkpoint C level World Language Course – class average of 85 or above (1 point)

  • Checkpoint C World Language Assessment – minimum score varies (1 point)

  • Culminating Project in the Target Language (2 points)

  • Three years of documented education in a foreign country starting grade 8 and beyond (1 point)

Whom can I contact for more information?
Seal of Biliteracy Committee Members

Dr. Jacqueline Ammirato
Seal of Biliteracy Committee Chairperson
[email protected]


Ms. Dorothea Reiter
Committee Member - English
[email protected]


Ms. Olivia-Beate Kapuscinski
Committee Member – ENL
[email protected]


Mr. Joel Gonzalez
Committee Member – School Counselor
[email protected]



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