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Seal of Biliteracy

Eligibility Requirements for the Seal of Biliteracy

Each of these three academic requirements shall be fulfilled.

  1. Students must have completed all English Language Arts (ELA) requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above in those classes.
  2. Students must have passed the California Standards Test (CST) in ELA (administered in grade eleven) at the “proficient” level.
  3. Students must demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages other than English through one of the following methods:
  • Successfully complete a four-year high school course of study in a foreign language and attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study.
  • If no AP examination or off-the-shelf language test exists and the district uses its own language examination, the school district must certify to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) that the test meets the rigor of a four-year high school course of study in that foreign language.
  • If a district offers a language examination in a language in which an AP examination or off-the-shelf examination exists, the district language examination must be approved by the SSPI.
  • Pass the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) II foreign language exam with a score of 600 or higher.   

If the primary language of a student in grades nine to twelve, inclusive, is other than English, the student shall also achieve Early Advanced proficiency level on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT), which may be administered an additional time, as necessary.