Award Overview

The Seal of Biliteracy and Biliteracy Pathway Awards 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. The awards are 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.

Award Levels

ACTFL proficiency levels
(lowest to highest)
State Seal of Biliteracy
Language Opportunity Coalition (LOC)
Biliteracy Pathway Awards
 Administered by MA DESE
For Massachusetts public schools only
Coordinated by the Language Opportunity Coalition
For public or independent schools
Novice-High LOC Bilingual Participation
For Preschool and Elementary School Students
For Students with Disabilities (all grades)
Intermediate-LowLOC Biliteracy Attainment
For Elementary & Middle School Students
Intermediate-Mid LOC Biliteracy Achievement
For Middle & High School Students
State Seal of Biliteracy
For High School Graduates
(and above)
State Seal of Biliteracy
with Distinction
For High School Graduates

For colleges and universities interested in making an award, see the Global Seal of Biliteracy at