Does state make available state seal of biliteracy? If so, is district awarding of seal voluntary or mandatory for eligible students?

Does state make available state seal of biliteracy? If so, is district awarding of seal voluntary or mandatory for eligible students?

November 2014


A seal of biliteracy, which is attached to diplomas or high school transcripts, is a type of award given at graduation to students demonstrating fluency in a native or second language (or languages). States typically require students to demonstrate fluency through various methods, such as taking specific coursework and passing a foreign language exam.

Unless otherwise noted, all information in this resource was gathered from state statutes only and does not include policies in state-level guidance documents or arising from court orders.

Does state make available state seal of biliteracy? If so, is district awarding of seal voluntary or mandatory for eligible students?
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona No
Arkansas No
California Yes - offering voluntary
Colorado No
Connecticut No
Delaware No
District of Columbia No
Florida No
Georgia No
Hawaii No
Idaho No
Illinois Yes - offering voluntary
Indiana No
Iowa No
Kansas No
Kentucky No
Louisiana Yes - offering voluntary
Maine No
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota Yes-offering voluntary
Mississippi No
Missouri No
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico Yes - offering mandatory
New York Yes - offering voluntary
North Carolina No
North Dakota No
Ohio No
Oklahoma No
Oregon No
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island Governed by the department of education's ELL guidebook or federal law rather than state policy.
South Carolina No
South Dakota No
Tennessee No. However, school districts may allow students who are native speakers of languages other than English to complete the graduation requirements for the university preparation curriculum without taking foreign language courses if the school or district can document oral and written proficiency in the native language. This documented native language proficiency will be noted on the Tennessee high school transcript.
Texas Yes - offering mandatory
Utah No
Vermont No
Virginia Yes - offering mandatory (beginning in 2016)
Washington No
West Virginia No
Wisconsin No
Wyoming No


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