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State Seal of Biliteracy


The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB), per Assembly Bill (AB) 815 External link opens in new window or tab. (Brownley, Chapter 618, Statutes of 2011), became effective January 1, 2012, and was amended in 2017 per AB 1142 External link opens in new window or tab.. 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 External link opens in new window or tab..

A school district, county office of education, or direct-funded charter school that participates in this program must maintain appropriate records of their identification of qualifying students and then submit the number of eligible students to the California Department of Education (CDE) on the Insignia Request Form. The Insignia Request Forms may be submitted at any time; however, it is recommended that requests be submitted far enough in advance to allow time for the CDE to process the requests and for insignias to be affixed to diplomas or transcripts. Participation is voluntary and no fee may be charged to the student.

The CDE will mail to the requestor one seal per eligible student to be affixed to the diploma or transcript.

2016-17 List of Districts and Schools Participating (XLS)
List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2016-17 school year.

2015–16 List of Districts and Schools Participating (XLS)
List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2015–16 school year.

2014–15 List of Districts and Schools Participating (XLS)
List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2014–15 school year.

2013–14 List of Districts and Schools Participating (XLS)
List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2013–14 school year.

Procedures for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy 2017–18
The 2017–18 Procedures for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy letter explains the requirements for earning the SSB and includes updates for the 2017–18 school year, per Assembly Bill 1142, effective January 1, 2018.

SSB Importance Letter to the Field
This letter give the history of the SSB program and explains the program's purpose and importance.

SSB Requirements Checklist (DOC)
The SSB Requirements Checklist is an optional resource for internal district use to track eligible students and ensure that they meet the updated SSB eligibility requirements for the 2017–18 school year.

SSB Insignia Request Form
To request SSB insignia, the online SSB Insignia Request form must be completed and submitted online.

SSB Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about the SSB program and procedures.

Questions:   Language Policy and Leadership Office | SEAL@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0845
Last Reviewed: Monday, November 20, 2017
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