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A school district may establish a program to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more language in addition to English, by designating on a student’s transcript and high school diploma his or her receipt of the State Seal of Biliteracy, provided that all the conditions of this Section are met.

Districts that have indicated their intention to award the State Seal of Biliteracy in the 2016-17 school yearPDF Document.

 Administration of the Program

  • FAQsPDF Document
  • Program Administration ChecklistPDF Document
  • SY2016 - 17 Final Report 
    Districts that participate in the program must submit a final report to ISBE no later than 30 days after the end of the school year. The report consists of two parts including a PDF form and a spreadsheet with student information. Send the report form below as a PDF and the student awards template as an Excel file. The template below may be used for this purpose. For a secure transmission of the two files, use "Send ISBE a file​" on the ISBE website and choose Beth Robinson from the Receiver Information drop-down list.
    1. Report of State Seal of Biliteracy and State Commendation Toward Biliteracy Awards Document​PDF Document
    2. SY2016-2017 Report of State Seal Biliteracy Awards Template​Excel Document
  • SY2017-18 Application 
    Districts must inform ISBE of their intent to participate in the Seal of Biliteracy program annually by completing and submitting the SY2017-18 Application (in PDF format) and the SY2017-18 Projection of Student Awards (in Excel format) below.  Submit both files to biliteracy@isbe.net.
      • ​​Districts applying after October 1, 2017 must also send:
        1. ​​the web link to the Seal of Biliteracy program description on the district's website; and a copy of the Seal of Biliteracy program description included in the student handbook; and 
        2. ​​​assurance that the program coordinator participated in the 2017-18 webinar posted on this web page under Training.​

 Language Assessments

 Mandatory Training Webinar

 Seal of Biliteracy Newsletter Archive


  • May 18, 2016PDF Document - SY15-16 Participating Districts; Application Information, Final Report
  • April 27, 2016PDF Document - SY15-16 Participating Districts; 2016 Seal of Biliteracy Symposium Materials; Application Information
  • March 18, 2016PDF Document - 2016 Seal of Biliteracy Symposium Virtual Option
  • March 14, 2016PDF Document - Assessment update and Symposium​​

 Seal of Biliteracy Symposium Presentations


For more information about the Seal of Biliteracy Program please email biliteracy@isbe.net or call DELL at 312-814-3850.​​

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