New York State Seal of Biliteracy
The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. (nysed.gov)
Considerations for NYS schools and language programs:
- Less than ⅓ of NYS schools had a Seal of Biliteracy program as of the 2020-21 school year, although programs are increasing and Seal recipients are on the rise.
- Achieving the Seal of Biliteracy is highly valuable for students, but it is also beneficial for our World Language programs, as it offers real-world relevance for all involved.
- The NYSSB should be attainable for both ELL and WL students.
- The Seal should be accessible to all students who get to their senior year and can reach an intermediate-high proficiency level; it is not a program reserved for a select few.
- NYSAFLT is offering a workshop at this fall’s Annual Conference (Advocating for Our Students: Establishing the Seal of Biliteracy) and hopes to continue providing professional development on this important topic.
Resources to further your understanding:
- NYSSB Guidance Toolkit with modules to guide in establishing a Seal program
- NYSSB Handbook
- NYSSB Report Infographic
- NYSSB Annual Reports
- Article on New York State’s first Native American language Seal (Tuscarora): OBEWL Newsletter – January 2021
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