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State Seal of Biliteracy


Overview | Procedures, Requirements, and Forms | Insignia Request Form | Participating Schools and Districts


Overview

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., 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 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.

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

Procedures, Requirements, and Forms

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 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.

Procedures for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy Letter to the Field
The Procedures for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy Letter to the Field lists criteria and other essential information about 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.

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.

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 External link opens in new window or tab.
To request SSB insignia, the online SSB Insignia Request form (above) must be completed and submitted here.

Participating Schools and Districts

201617 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.

Questions:   Language Policy and Leadership Office | SEAL@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0845
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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