New York Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy Status: 
State has a Seal of Biliteracy

Adoption Date

07/31/2013

State Contact

Ricardo Constantino
New York State Education Department
 

The State Seal of Biliteracy, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor on July 31, 2012, was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained a "high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English."

Chapter 271 of the Laws of 2012 (Section 815 of Education Law) established the New York State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. The NYS Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded by the Commissioner to students who meet criteria established by the Board of Regents and attend schools in districts that voluntarily agree to participate in the program. The Seal of Biliteracy will be affixed to the high school diploma and transcript of graduating pupils attaining Seal criteria and must be made available to students at no cost.

New York Seal of Biliteracy Updates

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07/16/2015 New York State Department of Bilingual and World Languages implemented a pilot in nine schools throughout the state to determine process, criteria and implementation to award the bilingual/bi-literacy seal to the students in New York State. Data from the schools who were part of the pilot program were collected and a committee will review them to determine what standards/criteria/process will be required by districts to award the bi-literacy/bilingual seal. Our hopes are that this committee works in timely fashion so that all stakeholders will be well informed as to what processes will be followed. Polygloticiousness!!!!!!!!
07/12/2015 Nine schools in New York State were asked to pilot the implementation/criteria/process to be used by all state schools in awarding the Bilingual/Bi literacy Seal to our students. In speaking with an officer from the State Department of Bilingual/World Languages officer, We were informed that data had been collected from all nine schools and that there would be a committee to discuss the findings. Hopefully we will have a system set in place before the beginning of the school year.
01/06/2014 New York is piloting the Seal of Biliteracy 2014-15 to set criteria.
07/31/2012 The State Seal of Biliteracy, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor

State laws regarding the Seal of Biliteracy