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State Seal of Biliteracy

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The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award provided by state approved districts that recognizes high school graduates who attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and a world language by high school graduation. Our vision is to help students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual. The State Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.


Letter to Parents and Guardians

We are pleased to inform you of Everett’s participation in the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy for the 2023-2024 School Year. The Seal of Biliteracy is offered to any student who demonstrates proficiency in English and any other language, whether they speak or sign the language other than English at home or learned it at school or in the community. The State Seal of Biliteracy aims to:
  1. Encourage students to study and master languages;
  2. Certify attainment of biliteracy skills;
  3. Recognize the value of language diversity;
  4. Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills;
  5. Provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high-level skills in languages;
  6. Prepare students with skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society; and
  7. Strengthen intergroup communication and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community.
 In order to earn the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy, students must:
  1. Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English by earning a score of 472 or higher on the Grade 10 ELA MCAS,
  2. Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a world language by attaining a minimum score equivalent to Intermediate-High on an assessment approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and
  3. Satisfy all other graduation requirements.
 The Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction is available to students who:
  1. Earn a score of 501 or higher on the Grade 10 ELA MCAS
  2. Demonstrate a proficiency level of Advanced Low or higher on a Department-approved assessment, and
  3. Satisfy all other graduation requirements.
We will be administering the ELA MCAS retest on March 4-6, 2024.We will be administering Avant’s STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) assessments daily through April 2024.  We look forward to honoring the language expertise and diversity in our district through this initiative. If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Andrea Tringali.