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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 to access the online Insignia Request Form.

For information on awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy during the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years 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. California Education Code sections 51460–51464 External link opens in new window or tab. establish the SSB program and its requirements. 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.

For information on the updated SSB requirements for 2021 graduates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, see the Updated Guidance for Awarding the SSB, 2019–20 and 2020–21 letter and the 2020–21 SSB Requirements Flyer (both available under the “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms” tab).

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) (Recorded Feb-2018)
This webinar provides an overview of the SSB program, the requirements for earning the SSB, and the process for requesting seals and keeping records. This webinar was recorded in 2018 but the requirements and procedures for awarding the SSB stated in this webinar apply to all school years other than the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years. For the 2019–20 and 2020–21 criteria, see the Updated Guidance for Awarding the SSB, 2019–20 and 2020–21 letter and the 2020–21 SSB Requirements Flyer (both available under the “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms” tab).

Resources


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

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. This poster provides the requirements established in California Education Code Section 51461 and should be supplemented with the 2020–21 SSB Requirements Flyer (available under the “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms” tab) for 2021 graduates.

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. This bookmark provides the requirements established in California Education Code Section 51461 and should be supplemented with the 2020–21 SSB Requirements Flyer (available under the “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms” tab) for 2021 graduates.

SSB Booklet in English(DOCX) (Updated Sep-2019)
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. This booklet provides the requirements established in California Education Code Section 51461. See the 2020–21 SSB Requirements Flyer (available under the “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms” tab) for the requirements for 2021 graduates.

Folleto del programa SSB en español (SSB Booklet in Spanish)(DOCX) (Updated Sep-2019)
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. Este folleto provee los requisitos establecidos por el Codigo de Educación de California sección 51461. Vea el folleto Sello estatal de alfabetización bilingüe de California requisitos para el año escolar 2020–21 (disponible debajo de la pestaña “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms”) para los requisitos de los graduados del año escolar 2021.

Presentations


SSB Informational PowerPoint in English(PPTX) (Updated Sep-2019)
SSB Informational PowerPoint in English (Recorded version) External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 10:29) (Recorded Jan-19)
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. The recorded version includes statistics from the 2017–18 school year. The updated Informational PowerPoint includes statistics from the 2018–19 school year. This presentation provides the requirements established in California Education Code Section 51461. See the 2020–21 SSB Requirements Flyer (available under the “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms” tab) for the requirements for 2021 graduates.

Presentación informativa del programa SSB en español (SSB Informational PowerPoint in Spanish)(PPTX) (actualizado septiembre 2019)
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. La versión grabada incluye estadísticas del año escolar 2017–18. La versión actualizada incluye estadísticas del año escolar 2018–19. Esta presentación provee los requisitos establecidos por el Codigo de Educación de California sección 51461. Vea el folleto Sello estatal de alfabetización bilingüe de California requisitos para el año escolar 2020–21 (disponible debajo de la pestaña “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms”) para los requisitos de los graduados del año escolar 2021.

 

Participating Schools and Districts


2019–20 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 2019–20 school year.

2019–20 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 2019–20 school year.

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


Insignia Request Form

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. 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.

The SSB Insignia Request Form web page must be used to request SSB insignia.


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.

2020–21 SSB Requirements Flyer (English)(DOCX)
2020-21 SSB Requirements Flyer (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 and Spanish and reflects updated eligibility requirements for the 2020–21 school year. This information applies only to the 2020–21 school year. For all other school years, please see the SSB Requirements Flyer below.

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 established in California Education Code Section 51461.

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 reflects the requirements established in California Education Code Section 51461.

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.

Questions:   Multilingual Support Division | SEAL@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0938
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 02, 2021
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