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Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

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World Languages Program Supervisor

The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy originated in California and was signed into law in October 2011, with the first seals being issued starting in early 2012.

"Participating school districts with students eligible to receive the Seal, shall place a notation on a student's high school diploma and high school transcript indicating that the student has earned the seal." (RCW 28A.230.125)


Requesting Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy imprint for creating embossed diploma labels or medallions is available on request to World Language. If you are a smaller district, WAFLT is currently offering support on acquiring medallions. The Seal is available to districts to formally recognize students that demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in English
  • Proficiency in a world language other than English
  • WAC 392-415-070 Mandatory high school transcript contents
  • WAC 392-410-350 Seal of Biliteracy

CEDARS Information and Reporting Guidance

CEDARS Data Manual - The 2021-22 documents provide information in:

  1. CEDARS Manual Student Attributes and Programs File (I) will collect the information for students who have obtained a Seal of Biliteracy.
  2. CEDARS Appendix K-Language Codes contains the list of languages students may earn the Seal of Biliteracy in.
  3. CEDARS Appendix L-Washington State Seal of Biliteracy lists the Assessments that may be utilized to test for biliteracy.

Beginning on page 33 of the Reporting Guidance Document:

  • What is the Seal of Biliteracy?
  • How does a student earn the Seal of Biliteracy?
  • How does a student earn a "Proficient" designation?
  • When is the "Proficient" designation converted to "Earned?"
  • Is it possible for a student to earn a Seal of Biliteracy in more than one language?

View a Sample Transcript that has earned the Seal of Biliteracy.