Seal of Biliteracy
The Florida Seal of Biliteracy Program is established to recognize a high school graduate who has attained a high level of competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more foreign languages in addition to English. The Commissioner of Education shall award the Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation to a high school student who meets the qualifications in this section. The seal must differentiate between two levels of competency, designated as Gold and Silver, which must be at least as rigorous as is recommended in the biliteracy seal guidelines established by national organizations supporting foreign languages instruction.
The purpose of the Florida Seal of Biliteracy Program is to:
(a) Encourage students to study foreign languages.
(b) Certify attainment of biliteracy.
(c) Provide employers with a method of identifying an individual with biliteracy skills who is seeking employment.
(d) Provide a postsecondary institution with a method of recognizing an applicant with biliteracy skills who is seeking admission to the postsecondary institution.
(e) Recognize and promote foreign language instruction in public schools.
(f) Affirm the value of diversity, honor multiple cultures and foreign languages, and strengthen the relationships between multiple cultures in a community.
Wanda E. Pérez
World Languages Resource Specialist