MICHIGAN SEAL OF BILITERACY
The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy is an award given in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in English and one additional world language by high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy has been created to encourage students to study world languages and embrace their native and heritage languages.
The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy will provide employers with a way to identify individuals with strong language and biliteracy skills. It may serve as an additional tool for colleges and universities to recognize applicants’ language abilities for admission and placement.
The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy requires students to meet the following criteria.
- Meet all high school graduation requirements
- Demonstrate proficiency on an approved world language assessment
- Students who begin their language study in middle school and continue the study of that same language in high school are well on the path to achieving the Seal of Biliteracy
- Students will be assessed in the areas of: reading, writing, speaking and listening
The Michigan Department of Education recommends that a student's proficiency be tested for the purpose of awarding the Seal beginning the second semester of their junior year through the end of the first semester of their senior year. Note that students tested in their senior year may not receive test results until the summer of their graduating year. As a result, the Seal will be awarded retroactively following graduation.