Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy

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Seal of Bilitearcy is Under Consideration

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There are two bills filed in the Massachusetts legislature that would establish a state Seal of Biliteracy:

An Act to Establish a State Seal of Biliteracy H22 The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes graduates who speak, read and write proficiently in another language in addition to English with a seal on their high school diploma. Passage of this bill promises to encourage language learning and teaching, and will provide evidence to universities and businesses that our students have attained these important 21st century skills. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H422

An Act relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK) H.498 The LOOK bill stresses the importance of language development for all students in the Commonwealth to prepare them to be competitive in the global economy. This bill give school districts the flexibility to choose high-quality, research-based programs that meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). It also encourage programs that help all students — both ELLs and English speakers — to build their language skills, a valuable asset in the 21st century global economy. The bill includes the (identical) text as the Seal of Biliteracy bill, giving us two opportunities to seek the Seal’s passage. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H498

Both bills were also filed in the State Senate, but we are awaiting assignment of bill numbers.

The bills are supported by the Massachusetts Language Opportunity Coalition, a newly formed coalition to support language education and academic achievement for all students in Massachusetts. -- See www.LanguageOpportunity.org

Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy Updates

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04/15/2015 There are two bills filed in the Massachusetts legislature that would establish a state Seal of Biliteracy. An Act to Establish a State Seal of Biliteracy H22 and An Act relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK) H.498. Both bills were also filed in the State Senate, but we are awaiting assignment of bill numbers.
07/07/2016

The Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy Language Opportunity for Our Kids bill (LOOK) just passed the Senate by a unanimous vote.

11/22/2017

Massachusetts Governor Baker has signed "LOOK" bill giving schools flexibility to offer alternatives to a sheltered English immersion law approved by voters in 2002. Bill also includes new "seals of biliteracy.


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