"The Seal of Biliteracy is an accolade presented by a school, district or county office of education to recognize a student who has demonstrated proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.

The seal encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. The seal is only presented to students who have graduated high school, as it is affixed to their diploma.

Numerous benefits are inherent in developing a Seal of Biliteracy: recognizing the value of language diversity, preparing high school graduates for a 21st century world and workplace and taking an asset-based view of non-native English students' native languages, cultures and heritage."

National Conference of State Legislatures

The Seal of Biliteracy ​is currently awarded in 36 states and Washington, D.C.  Though best practices are shared across the country, each state, district, or school may choose to implement the program slightly differently.  The Seal of Biliteracy is open to all students, including English Language Learners, who are able to demonstrate proficiency in two or more languages by or during their senior year.  

The Tennessee Board of Education passed a Seal of Biliteracy Policy in the 2018 school year, which specifies award criteria for schools and districts.  The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy ensures that all our work is in accordance with state policy, while working to build on the best practices of Seal of Biliteracy programs from across the nation.

Our work seeks to ensure that every Tennessee student has the means and opportunity to receive a Seal of Biliteracy award upon high school graduation and to close the gaps in awareness, funding, and language assessment equity that inhibit the growth of the program throughout our state.  


Seal of Biliteracy

In Person or Webinar training on the following topics: 

- The Seal of Biliteracy in Tennessee

- Beginning a Seal of Biliteracy program 

- Growing a Seal of Biliteracy program

- Connecting your school/district Seal of Biliteracy program to college and career

English Language Learners

In Person or Webinar training on the following topics: 

- Fostering a community of engagement and support for English Language Learners

- Understanding English Language Learners in Tennessee and your community

World Language Learners

New offerings will be available in the 2021 School Year

A complete list of eligible world language assessments and levels is provided to participating schools & districts.