State Seal of Biliteracy

Information for Parents & Students

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What is the Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy? (OSSB)

The Oregon State Board of Education established The Oregon State Seal of Bileracy to recognize the language abilities of Engligh Learners who speak a language other than English outside of school and of students who have acquired a second language through taking world langauge classes in school.

Upon graduation, students who quality for the seal of biliteracy receive a certificate of achievement, a biliteracy seal in their diploma and a note of biliteracy attainment in their high school transcripts. The Seal of Biliteracy honors and validates the home or primary language students bring to their English academic education and honors all students who demonstrate a high level of literacy in two or more languages, one being English. It also provides employers and universities with a method of identifying people with strong language and biliteracy skills.


How do students qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy?

To qualify, students need to :

  1. Meet all graduation requirements, including passing essential skills in Reading and Writing in English.
  2. Score at a level Intermediate High or above in listening, speaking, reading and writing on a state approved partner language assessment. (Partner language assessments are currently available in the following languages : Spanish, French, Russian, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, and Portuguese.)

How can students show that they are proficient in a partner language?

Students meet the partner language proficiency requirement by taking a state-approved language assessment.

  • Students in Advanced Placement language classes take an AP exam and need to score 4 or higher to meet the partner language requirement.
  • Students who are biliterate but not taking a world language class may show proficiency in a partner language by taking a language assessment that matches their partner language.

Partner language assessments are currently available in the following languages : Spanish, French, Russian, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, and Portuguese.)


What Should Students do if they are Interested in Qualifying for the State Seal of Biliteracy?

  • Students should make sure they are on track to graduate!
  • Students who are not yet biliterate in two languages should take world language courses at their proficiency level.
  • Students with biliteracy skills who are not in world language classes should talk with Assistant Principle Jesse Clayton about their interests in taking a partner language assessment.
  • Seniors, in order to meet the timeline to have the seal added to your diploma in June, the deadline to notify the office of your desire to take a partner assessment is April 1, 2020. Please be sure to speak to Mrs. Clayton on or before this date so that you do not miss out!

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  • Created By Jordan Millett -- 3/2/2020

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