State Seal of Biliteracy
The California State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB), became effective January 1, 2012. This program recognizes high school graduates who have attained proficiency in English and in at least one other world language by high school graduation. The State Seal of Biliteracy is awarded by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in accordance with specified criteria set forth in Assembly Bill (AB) 815 (Brownley, Chapter 618, Statutes of 2011), which was amended in 2017 per AB 1142 .
The academic requirements are:
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 Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in ELA (administered in grade eleven), or any successor test, administered in grade eleven, at or above the “standard met” achievement level, or at the achievement level determined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) for any successor test.
3. Students must demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages other than English through one of the following methods:
- Pass a foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) exam, including American Sign Language, with a score of three or higher.
- Pass an International Baccalaureate (IB) examination with a score of four or higher.
- 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, and demonstrate oral proficiency in the language comparable to that required to pass an AP or IB examination.
- 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 SSPI that the test meets the rigor of a four-year high school course of study in that foreign language and, at a minimum, assesses speaking, reading, and writing. If a student seeks to qualify for the SSB through a language that is not characterized by listening, speaking, or reading, or for which there is no written system, the student must pass an assessment on the modalities that characterize communication in that language at the proficient level or higher.
- 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 is other than English, the student shall meet the following academic requirement, in addition to the three above:
Attain the level demonstrating English language proficiency on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), or any successor English language proficiency assessment, in transitional kindergarten or kindergarten through grade twelve, inclusive.
SSB Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about the SSB program and procedures.