Dual Language SchoolsSeal of Biliteracy Report

10/2019
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Very few skills from high school can go on your resume for the rest of your life. The fact that you got a 5 on an AP test doesn't hold value. However, the Seal of Biliteracy does, and continues to be impressive.- Dr. Jon Valentine- Gwinnett County Public Schools

The Seal of Biliteracy movement started in California in 2009 as a grassroots movement to address the language equity for English Learner students and prepare all students for global citizenship. As of March 1, 2019, thirty-six states plus Washington, D.C. established their state Seal of Biliteracy.

In 2018, 99,595 students received their state Seal of Biliteracy, representing 66 world languages including: American Sign Language, Arabic, Albanian, Amharic, Bosnian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bambara, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chin, Chinese (Cantonese),Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Dari, Dutch, Farsi/Persian, Filipino/Tagalog, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Keres, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Rohingya, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Tiwa, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Zuni. The students who received the Seal of Biliteracy represented about 2.78% of all high school graduates in 2018.

The state with the most Seal of Biliteracy recipients is California, with 55,609 students who received the California Seal of Biliteracy in 2018. North Carolina has the second highest number of students who received the Seal of Biliteracy with 9,291, about 9% of high school graduates in 2018 in that state. Illinois has 7,601 students who received the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy and 4,328 received the commendation toward biliteracy. Washington has the most diverse languages — 59 languages in total.

You can read the full 18-page 2019 National Seal of Biliteracy report at https://sealofbiliteracy.org/research/2019-National-Seal-of-Biliteracy-Report/. Find out how many students received the Seal of Biltieracy in your state, and what languages they were awarded.