Seal of Biliteracy

One cannot overestimate the value of language diversity in the 21st century. Our children are growing up in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual world.

We are delighted that so many GHS graduates have earned the biliteracy seal. We look forward to graduating increasingly larger numbers of students with the Seal of Biliteracy recognition in the years to come.

What is the Seal of Biliteracy?

Connecticut adopted the “Seal of Biliteracy” in 2017 in order to recognize high school graduates who are proficient in English and one or more other languages. Our state was the 28th to adopt this national program.

To qualify, students must first complete all English/Language Arts requirements for graduation. Next, they must demonstrate proficiency in at least one other language. Proficiency is determined through scoring on one of several state approved assessment tools such as the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or Advanced Placement Exam.

Students meeting the criteria for biliteracy receive a seal affixed to their diploma and to their high school transcript. The marker is useful to both employers and to colleges and universities. It helps to identify students with verified multilingual skills.

Glastonbury Public Schools Statistics

  • 182 GHS seniors receiving the seal in 2018. This is one of the highest numbers for a school district in our state.
  • 17 GHS seniors were recognized for literacy in English and two additional languages
  • 1 senior received the seal for English and three additional languages

Biliteracy vs. Bilingualism

The difference between biliteracy and bilingualism is an important one. A person who is bilingual can speak two languages fluently. A person who is biliterate, however, can speak, read, and write proficiently in two languages.