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Seal of Biliteracy

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained high school level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English.

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The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is to: affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society; encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language in biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students with 21st century skills; and recognize the value of world and home language instruction in schools

Students are eligible to attain the Seal of Biliteracy based on evidence of achieving the state-determined level of proficiency in English as well as one of more additional languages, be that language a native language, heritage language or a language learned in school or another setting.

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