What is the Seal of Biliteracy?

The Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL) is an award that recognize students who have achieved proficiency in English as well as one or more additional languages, whether it be a native language, a heritage language, or an additional language learned in school or in another setting. It is a statement of accomplishment that helps to signal evidence of a student’s readiness for career and college, and to engage as a global citizen.

There are two types of awards available in Massachusetts:

The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy was established under the LOOK Act of 2017 and can be awarded to graduating high school seniors. It is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The LOC Biliteracy Pathway Awards, overseen by the Language Opportunity Coaltion (LOC), are designed to encourage long-term language study for students PK-12 by recognizing students at different grade and language proficiency levels. These awards were originally developed during the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot from 2014-18, and the LOC is continuing to support them as an option in addition to the state award.


  • Fall 2022: A new Google group has started as an offshoot of the Seal of Biliteracy group called Multilingual Voc Tech. The group is for teachers in vocational / technical schools in MA to network and share resources for the Seal of Biliteracy, the new WL Curriculum Frameworks and best practices with multilingual learners.  To join, go to: https://groups.google.com/g/multilingual-voc-tech/about

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