Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy provides a means to recognize high school graduates who attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and another language, meaning that those students can function in those languages in authentic, real-life situations.

The purposes of the Seal of Biliteracy are to: 

  • Encourage students to study and master languages;
  • Certify attainment of biliteracy skills;
  • Recognize the value of language diversity;
  • Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills;
  • Provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for the attainment of high-level skills in languages;
  • Prepare students with skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society; and
  • Strengthen intergroup communication and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community. 

Bedford Public Schools participates in the Seal of Biliteracy initiative in Massachusetts by recognizing students’ hard work in becoming biliterate in English and a second language. Additionally, students who demonstrate intermediate-mid levels of proficiency in Spanish, French and/or Latin will be eligible for a Bilingual Achievement Award from the Language Opportunity Coalition, a statewide language advocacy group. Seniors who meet all graduation requirements, in addition to the language requirements below will be eligible for a biliteracy award.

AwardEnglish Language RequirementSecond Language Requirement
MA State Seal of Biliteracy with DistinctionAdvanced (260) on the current ELA grade 10 MCASAdvanced-Low proficiency as measured by an assessment approved by DESE
MA State Seal of BiliteracyProficient (240) on the current ELA grade 10 MCAS; or 4.2 overall and 3.9 composite literacy score on ACCESS for ELLIntermediate-High proficiency as measured by a language assessment approved by DESE
LOC Biliteracy Achievement AwardProficient (240) on the current ELA grade 10 MCAS; or 4.2 overall and 3.9 composite literacy score on ACCESS for ELLsIntermediate-Mid proficiency  as measured by a language assessment approved by DESE