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Michigan Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

Students in Michigan can earn a Seal of Biliteracy to be added to their diploma.

According to the Michigan Department of Education, the Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.

The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy has been created to recognize high school graduates who exhibit language proficiency in English and at least one additional world language. The Seal may be awarded to any student receiving a high school diploma, a high school certificate of completion or a high school equivalency certificate and who has demonstrated Intermediate High proficiency on acceptable world language assessments and met the English Language Arts requirements for graduation or demonstrated proficiency on a validated test of proficiency for English Learners. The Seal has been created to encourage students to study world languages and embrace their native and heritage languages. The Seal will provide employers with a way to identify individuals with strong language and biliteracy skills. The Seal may serve as an additional tool for colleges and universities to recognize applicants’ language abilities for admission and placement.

Application Submission Process for Parents

  • Confirm student in on-track for graduation (consult school counselor)
  • Confirm and collect documents that show student has demonstrated proficiency in a language other than English (see three approved methods)
  • Create MEIS Account
  • Complete application
  • Submit application
  • Submit copy of printed application to school counselor

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Pathways to Biliteracy

Throughout a child’s educational journey, there are multiple opportunities to purse dual or multiple language proficiency, The Seal is not designed to dictate a specific course of study or point of entry, but rather to honor diverse pathways to achieve biliteracy, promote active engagement in pursuing it, and ultimately recognize that achievement. The following provides a brief description of various pathways to biliteracy.

-Academic Course Work
-Heritage and Home Language Acquisition
-Heritage Language Maintenance

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Timeline
The expectation is that language proficiency assessment accurately reflect ACTFL Intermediate High proficiency at the time of graduation.
Traditional Timeline
For the purpose of awarding the Seal, the MDE recommends that students’ proficiency be tested beginning in his/her second semester of the junior year through the end of the first semester senior year.
Alternative Timelines
Students who have documented proficiency at the Intermediate High level before their junior year, such as students in dual immersion programs, transitional bilingual programs, community-based language programs and student beginning language study in grades K-8, may utilize one of the following timelines. Any formal assessment completed before 8th grade cannot be used to qualify for the Seal.
When the assessment is completed in 8th grade, students must have transcripts or an equivalent official document that shows three years of continued enrollment after the assessment.
When the assessment is completed in 9th grade, students must have transcripts or an equivalent official document that shows two years of continued enrollment after the assessment.
When the assessment is completed in 10th grade, students must have transcripts or an equivalent official document that shows one year of continued enrollment after the assessment.

More information and additional documents can be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-81351-456570--,00.html