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The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy seeks to provide every Tennessee student with the opportunity and means to receive a Seal of Biliteracy award upon graduation in recognition of demonstrated proficiency in two or more languages and to promote the 21st Century Workforce Skill of biliteracy throughout the state.

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THE SEAL OF BILITERACY AWARD

"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.  

LEVELS OF AWARD

Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award

8th Graders

This award will be available beginning in the 2021 school year

Short essay prompt: "What biliteracy means to me" or "Why learning a second language is important"

English Proficiency:

"On Track" or higher on the 7th grade ELA TNReady

or

For ELLs, a WIDA ACCESS score of 3.5 or higher

World Language Proficiency:

Score of Intermediate-low or higher on an assessment (to be determined)

Seal of Biliteracy Award

12th Graders

Fall semester GPA of 3.0 in English courses

English Proficiency: 

Meet one or more of the following:

- Intermediate-Mid on the AAPPL ESL (for ELs only)

- 22 or higher on the ACT Reading Portion

- 3 or higher on the AP Eng. Lang. or Literature exam

- B or higher on the Cambridge AICE Lang. & Lit. exam

- 85 or higher in a Dual Enrollment ELA Course

- 4 or higher on the IB Eng. Lang. & Literature exam

- 480 or higher on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading Sub-Part

- On Track or higher on all TNReady ELA EOC Assessments in high school

- 4.5 or higher on the WIDA ACCESS-Composite (for ELs only)

World Language Proficiency: 

Meet one or more of the following

- 3 or higher on an AP World Language exam

- Intermediate-Mid or higher on an ACTFL-aligned language assessment (AAPPL, STAMP4S, WPT/OPI, etc.)

- 1-4 or higher on an ALIRA (Latin) exam

- 3 or higher on an ASLPI assessment

- B or higher on a Cambridge AICE World Lang. exam

- Score of 50 or higher on a Level I CLEP assessment

- Score of passing on a Foreign Government's Language Exam

- 4 or higher on an IB World Language exam

- Intermediate or higher on an SLPI:ASL assessment

Seal of Biliteracy Honors Award

12th Graders

Fall semester GPA of 3.5 in English courses

English Proficiency:

Meet one or more of the following

- Advanced-Low on the AAPPL ESL (for ELs only)

- 24 or higher on the ACT Reading Portion

- 5 or higher on the AP Eng. Lang. or Literature exam

- A or higher on the Cambridge AICE Lang. & Lit. exam

- 93 or higher in a Dual Enrollment ELA Course

- 5 or higher on the IB Eng. Lang. & Literature exam

- 580 or higher on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading Sub-Part

- Mastered on all TNReady ELA EOC Assessments in high school

- 5.0 or higher on the WIDA ACCESS-Composite (for ELs only)

World Language Proficiency:

Meet one or more of the following

- 5 on an AP World Language exam

- Advanced-Low or higher on an ACTFL-aligned language assessment (AAPPL, STAMP4S, WPT/OPI, etc.)

- A or higher on an ALIRA (Latin) exam

- 4 or higher on an ASLPI assessment

- A on a Cambridge AICE World Lang. exam

- Score of 50 or higher on a Level II CLEP assessment

- Score of passing on a Foreign Government's Language Exam

- 5 or higher on an IB World Language exam

- Advanced or higher on an SLPI:ASL assessment

Volunteer Hours: 

10 or more hours of volunteer service during Fall Semester senior year

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