Ohio Seal of Biliteracy

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State has a Seal of Biliteracy

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Individuals wishing to follow the development of the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy Program are invited to regularly visit this website, http://education.ohio.gov/Media/Ed-Connection/Feb-6-2017/State-seal-of-biliteracy-effective-March-2017, where regular updates will be provided

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Ohio House Bill 487 - the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy Bill - was introduced to the Ohio House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support.


Ohio house and senate have voted to approve an Ohio Seal of Biliteracy. The bill will now go to the governor for signing. If signed, it will then become law in 90 days.


On December 15, 2016, Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio Substitute Senate Bill 3, which requires the State Board of Education to establish the State Seal of Biliteracy. The seal will be attached to high school transcripts of students who demonstrate high levels of proficiency in English and at least one other language. The bill went into effect on March 16, 2017, and the Ohio department of Education is currently leading the work to create the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy under the State Board’s direction. Tentatively, the program should be in place in time for the Class of 2018 to avail to it.

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