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State Seal of Biliteracy

Information about the California State Seal of Biliteracy program and its requirements for students, parents, and educators.

The State Seal of Biliteracy, marked by a gold seal on the diploma or transcript, 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.

To order insignias, please choose the “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms” tab and scroll to the bottom to access the online Insignia Request Form.

For information on awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy during the 2019–20 school year in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) related school closures, visit the State Seal of Biliteracy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) web page.

Overview

The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB), per Assembly Bill 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., effective January 1, 2018. 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.

Importance of the SSB Letter to the Field
The 2019–20 Importance of the SSB Letter to the Field gives the history of the SSB program and explains the program's purpose and importance.

SSB Webinar External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 22:41)
This webinar provides an overview of the SSB program, the requirements for earning the SSB, and the process for requesting seals and keeping records.

Resources

SSB Requirements Poster (PDF)
The SSB Requirements Poster may be printed on large paper and hung in classrooms, guidance counselor offices, and other areas where students and parents may see it.

SSB Bookmark (PDF)
The SSB Bookmark may be distributed to students, parents, counselors, teachers, and administrators to spread awareness about the program and its requirements. This bookmark is two-sided and should be printed back to front.

SSB Booklet in English(DOCX)
This booklet includes an overview of the SSB program, including its purpose and requirements; statistics, including program growth by year, top ten requested languages, participating counties, and top ten counties with local educational agencies requesting SSBs; frequently asked question on the SSB request process; resources; and contact information. This booklet can be distributed to district or school site staff, parents, students, and other interested parties.

SSB Booklet in Spanish (Folleto del programa SSB en español)(DOCX)
Este folleto incluye un resumen del programa del Sello de alfabetización bilingüe de California (SSB, por sus siglas en inglés), incluyendo su propósito y sus requisitos; estadísticas, incluyendo el crecimiento del programa por año, los idiomas más otorgados, los condados participantes, y los diez condados con la mayor cantidad de agencias de educación local que pidieron sellos; preguntas frecuentes sobre el proceso para pedir sellos; recursos; e información de contacto. Se puede distribuir este folleto a empleados del distrito escolar o escuela, padres, estudiantes, y otras partes interesadas.

Presentations

SSB Informational PowerPoint in English(PPTX)
SSB Informational PowerPoint in English (Recorded version) External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 10:29)
This PowerPoint presentation includes an overview of the SSB program, including its purpose and requirements; statistics, including program growth by year, top ten requested languages, participating counties, and top ten counties with local educational agencies requesting SSBs; frequently asked question on the SSB request process; resources; and contact information. This presentation can be used to inform district or school site staff, parents, students, and other interested parties about the SSB program.

SSB Informational PowerPoint in Spanish (Presentación informativa del programa SSB en español)(PPTX)
Presentación informativa del programa SSB en español (versión grabada) External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 16:02)
Esta presentación incluye un resumen del programa del Sello de alfabetización bilingüe de California (SSB, por sus siglas en inglés), incluyendo su propósito y sus requisitos; estadísticas, incluyendo el crecimiento del programa por año, los idiomas más otorgados, los condados participantes, y los diez condados con la mayor cantidad de agencias de educación local que pidieron sellos; preguntas frecuentes sobre el proceso para pedir sellos; recursos; e información de contacto. Se puede utilizar esta presentación para informar a empleados del distrito escolar o escuela, a padres, a estudiantes, y a otras partes interesadas sobre el programa SSB.

SSB Frequently Asked Questions
The Frequently Asked Questions section includes responses to common inquiries about the SSB program and procedures.

 

Participating Schools and Districts

2018–19 Districts Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy in Less Commonly Awarded Languages (DOCX)
This document lists the counties and districts that awarded the State Seal of Biliteracy in less common languages during the 2018–19 school year.

2018–19 List of Districts and Schools Participating(XLSX)
Each tab on the Excel spreadsheet represents a different participating county. List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2018–19 school year.

2017–18 List of Districts and Schools Participating(XLSX)
Each tab on the Excel spreadsheet represents a different participating county. List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2017–18 school year.

2016–17 List of Districts and Schools Participating(XLSX)
Each tab on the Excel spreadsheet represents a different participating county. List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2016–17 school year.

2015–16 List of Districts and Schools Participating(XLSX)
Each tab on the Excel spreadsheet represents a different participating county. List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2015–16 school year.

2014–15 List of Districts and Schools Participating(XLSX)
Each tab on the Excel spreadsheet represents a different participating county. List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2014–15 school year.

2013–14 List of Districts and Schools Participating(XLSX)
Each tab on the Excel spreadsheet represents a different participating county. List includes participating districts and schools by county for the 2013–14 school year.

Procedures, Requirements, and Forms

A school district, county office of education, or direct-funded charter school that participates in the State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) program must maintain appropriate records to identify qualifying students and must complete and submit the online Insignia Request Form (located at the bottom of this tab). The Insignia Request Form 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.

Updated Guidance for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy, 2019–20 and 2020–21: COVID-19 School Closures
This letter explains the updated procedures for awarding the SSB during the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years when school closures may have impacted some students' ability to fulfill the requirements in California Education Code 51461.

2019–20 Procedures for Awarding the SSB Letter to the Field
The 2019–20 Procedures for Awarding the SSB letter explains the requirements for earning the SSB.

SSB Requirements Flyer (English and Spanish)(DOCX)
The SSB Requirements Flyer is a resource that may be distributed to districts, schools, students, and families to communicate the requirements for earning the SSB. This flyer is available in English on one side and Spanish on the other and reflects updated eligibility requirements for the 2017–18 school year. The information on this flyer applies to the 2019–20 school year.

SSB Requirements Checklist(DOC)
The SSB Requirements Checklist is an optional resource for internal school or district use to track eligible students and ensure that they meet the SSB eligibility requirements. This checklist may be used for the 2019–20 school year.

Letter Regarding SSB Data Collection on the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS)
This letter explains how SSB data is collected on CALPADS and how SSB data will be a component of the College/Career Indicator (CCI) in the 2018 California School Dashboard.

Insignia Request Form

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

Questions:   English Learner Support Division | SEAL@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0938
Last Reviewed: Thursday, July 2, 2020
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