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Seal of Biliteracy Information

The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy is an award presented to students who have demonstrated proficiency in English and at least one other world language by high school graduation.

The Seal of Biliteracy Application
The application period and testing has concluded at this time.


Why Earn the Seal of Biliteracy?
  • The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy establishes criteria to inform placement decisions in language courses at the university level.
  • Having the ability to potentially communicate with colleagues and trade partners who do not speak English makes students more desirable to employers and employees.
  • The Seal of Biliteracy is an endorsement to employers that the high school graduate possesses skills in more than one language.
  • The Seal of Biliteracy is a sign of college and career readiness.
Pathways to Biliteracy
  • Bilingual immersion programs
  • Advanced Placement Courses*
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
  • Dual enrollment in community college/university courses*
  • Traditional world language classes*
  • Study abroad and exchange programs
  • Home schooling coursework
*SLCS offers these opportunities

Determining Eligibility
The Seal may be awarded to high school graduates receiving a high school diploma, high school certificate of completion or high school equivalency certificate and who have demonstrated Intermediate High proficiency on acceptable world language assessments.

Assessments for Demonstrating Proficiency
Assessments of non-English language must meet the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) criteria of Intermediate High or equivalent (ACTFL.org).  Students must show proficiency in all four domains of language: Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing.  Students may demonstrate proficiency in a non-English language in the following ways:
  • AP Test
  • STAMP or WorldSpeak online assessment
  • Foreign Transcripts
  • Individualized Seal of Biliteracy Plan by Committee (for languages not represented in the assessments above)