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CALIFORNIA STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY

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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.  

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Elena Cabrera
Director, Catergorical Programs & Grants
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Jana Maulhardt
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Specail Project Coordinator
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State Seal of Biliteracy Eligibility 

STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY REQUIREMENTS 

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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:

COURSEWORK:

Complete all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in those classes.

OR

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:

COURSEWORK:

 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. 

OR

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

Class of 2024 SSB Deadlines for Student Actions:

Complete Intent to Participate Survey: Submit by 2/2/2024
(Ask your school counselor for the link if you qualify for the SSB)

Upon receipt of your Intent to Participate Survey, you will receive the link to the Student Self Assessment Survey.  Submit by Mid-February

Qualified students for SSB exam will receive the Student Orientation Video: View by Feb/March

SSB SCOE Oral Exam Administration: Time window scheduled from February 26th to March 8th. 
(You will be contacted by your examiner to schedule the date of the oral SSB exam) 

SSB Written Exam: March 11-15
(Only students who passed the oral exam will be invited for the written portion of the examination)  

SSB Award Ceremony: April 30th from 4:00-6:30 PM
Center High School 
3111 Center Court Ln, 
Antelope, CA  95843