Seal of Biliteracy

ACTFL Assessments to Support the Seal of Biliteracy


The Seal of Biliteracy began in 2008 with Californians Together. The Seal is an award given by a school (public or private), district, or state to recognize a student’s demonstration of proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. ACTFL's goal is to increase access to the Seal of Biliteracy for learners of less commonly taught/tested languages and/or heritage learners.

ACTFL is proud to support the Seal of Biliteracy by offering proficiency and performance-based assessments appropriate for Grades 9-12. Learn more about each assessment below.

ACTFL Assessments for the Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Bilteracy

Why Implement it?

The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.


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Guidelines for Implementing the Seal of Biliteracy

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America the Bilingual Podcast: Sealed with un Beso (episode 15), a podcast about the origin of the Seal of Biliteracy, which began in California and is now transforming America.

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Language Testing International Webinar: The Seal of Biliteracy, and its Implementation in both Public and Private Schools

Seal of Biliteracy Infographic

Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy in this infographic from the Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). The infographic shows the benefits of receiving the Seal, the requirements, and criteria to demonstrate proficiency, along with resources. It also discusses ways states can increase the number of students earning Seals of Biliteracy along with connections between dual language programs and the Seal.

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