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
- Overview of the State Seal of Biliteracy and LOC Biliteracy Pathway Awards
- LOC Biliteracy Pathway Awards
- Implementation resources for both the State Seal of Biliteracy and LOC Biliteracy Pathway awards:
- College Credit: List of Massachusetts colleges and universities granting credit to incoming Seal recipients.
- National SoBL resources
- Information on the Language Opportunity Coalition
- Blog with news and updates about the awards