CALIFORNIA STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY
The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) is an award given to graduating high school students who have studied and accomplished proficiency in English and another language or languages. Every year, qualified students obtain an extra insignia on their high school diploma to reward their extra effort. These students are documented as officially bilingual, either if they are native foreign language speakers or just learned it along the way.
State Seal of Biliteracy Elegibility
STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY REQUIREMENTS
The California State Seal of Biliteracy is marked by a gold seal affixed to the diploma or transcript and recognizes high school graduates who have achieved a high level of proficiency in one or more language(s) in addition to English. To earn the California State Seal of Biliteracy the student must:
DEMONSTRATE ENGLISH PROFICIENCY THROUGH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS:
Complete all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in those classes.
ASSESSMENT (CHOOSE ONE):
Option 1: State Assessment: Pass the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress for English language arts administered in grade 11, at or above the “standard met” achievement level.
Option 2: Advanced Placement (AP) Assessment: Pass an English AP examination with a score of 3 or higher (AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature or Composition, or AP Seminar).
Option 3: International Baccalaureate (IB) Assessment: Pass an English IB examination with a score of 4 or higher. Option 4: SAT: Achieve a score of 480 or above on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT.
Additional English Proficiency Requirement for English Learners Only:
In addition to the requirements mentioned above, students who are classified as English learners must attain an oral language composite score of level 4 on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
DEMONSTRATE PROFICIENCY IN ONE OR MORE LANGUAGES, OTHER THAN ENGLISH, THROUGH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS:
Successfully complete a four-year course of study in a world language at high school or higher level, attaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in that course of study, and demonstrate oral proficiency in the language comparable to that required to pass an AP or IB examination.
ASSESSMENT (CHOOSE ONE):
Option 1: AP: Pass a world language AP examination with a score of 3 or higher,
Option 2: IB: Pass an IB examination with a score of 4 or higher
Option 3: ACTFL: Pass an ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) with scores of intermediate mid or higher, or
Option 4: District-Approved Assessment: Pass a school district language examination that, at a minimum, assesses speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English at the proficient level or higher