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.  (

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:

Student videos

(kindly provided by Maria Fenton):

Student Reflection Video
from Ithaca HS, TST Consortium

Student Presentation Videos – examples of presentations evaluated remotely…
from Liverpool HS, OCM BOCES Consortium