Seal of Biliteracy

    The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB), per Assembly Bill (AB) 815  (Brownley, Chapter 618, Statutes of 2011), became effective January 1, 2012, and was amended in 2017 per AB 1142 . This program recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English. The SSB will be awarded by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in accordance with specified criteria set forth in the legislation.

    Per EC Section 51461(a), to qualify for the SSB, high school graduates must meet all of the following criteria in:

    1. Complete all English language arts (4 years) requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above in those classes.
    2. Pass the CASPP for English language arts, at or above the “standard met” achievement level.
    3. Achieve proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English, demonstrated through one of the following methods:
      • Pass a foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) examination with a score of 3
      • Successfully complete a four-year high school course of study in a World language with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.
      • Pass the SAT II Foreign Language Examination with a score of 600 or higher.


    Per EC Section 51461(b), if the primary language of a pupil in any of grades nine through twelve (inclusive) is other than English, he or she shall do both of the following in order to qualify for the SSB:

    • Attain the level demonstrating English language proficiency on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
    • Meet all the criteria listed above in EC sections 51461(a)(1)(2) and (3).

     Letter from the California Department of Education Regarding the State Seal of Biliteracy 

    If you have any further questions regarding the State Seal of Biliteracy please contact your school site directly.  
Last Modified on February 4, 2019