Maryland Seal of Biliteracy
The Maryland Seal of Biliteracy is an award from the Maryland State Board of Education, given by participating school systems, that recognizes a student’s high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
High school graduates who can function in two or more languages are equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate successfully in college, careers, and a diverse 21st century society. The Maryland State Seal of Biliteracy is established to recognize and reward excellence in language learning as measured by rigorous proficiency assessments.
To receive a Maryland Seal of Biliteracy, a student must:
1. Pass the PARCC in English 10; AND
2. Demonstrate Intermediate High proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English, as measured by assessments that are aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines.
The Maryland Seal of Biliteracy may be awarded after graduation once the results of the assessment are known. If you take an approved assessment and score intermediate high, you will be eligible to have the Seal of Biliteracy added to your diploma. Once results are obtained, you should contact the school’s registrar Ms. Perez for further information.
The available assessments can be found at this website: http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Documents/DCAA/World-Languages/biliteracy/MSDEACTFLAlignedAssessments.pdf
You may also access the frequently asked questions document here or contact Ms. Paula Peró, World Languages resource teacher.