New York Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy Status
Approved State Seal
Adoption Date
2013-07-31
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New York State Info:

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.