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‘Seal of Biliteracy’ continues impressive growth

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The number of students who received the state’s Seal of Biliteracy, which is an award given to students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, grew by a whopping 59 percent since its inception during the 2018-19 school year.

In the last school year, 916 students earned the seal, compared to 575 students two years ago.

The seal is an award given by a district upon graduation to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English. In order to be awarded the seal, students must meet minimum requirements on a language assessment in the four domains of language -- reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The Seal of Biliteracy is important because it:

  • Values language as an asset
  • Recognizes the value of language diversity and cultural identity
  • Prepares students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
  • Provides employers, universities and grant/scholarship providers with a method to recognize applicants for their dedication to attainment of biliteracy

In the three years since the state has had the Seal of Biliteracy, the vast majority of seals were earned in Spanish.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 15, 2022 at 8:47pm.