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

State Seal of Biliteracy

Biliteracy Pathway Awards
 Overseen byMA DESE
Language Opportunity Coalition
ForStudents graduating from Massachusetts public schoolsStudents in K-12 public or independent schools
proficiency levels
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