The Mississippi State Board of Education voted on Thursday, October 10, 2019, to approve a Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy policy and Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines. These documents outline process of awarding and recognizing students who have attained proficiency in one or more World Languages and English by high school graduation.
The purpose of the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy policy is to establish minimum criteria for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in awarding Seals of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes and awards students who have attained proficiency in one or more world languages and English by high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy demonstrates attainment of biliteracy for students, employers, and postsecondary institutions; and it signals a student’s readiness for college and career and for engagement as a global citizen.
Participation in the Mississippi Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy shall be determined by each school district and will begin during the 2019-2020 school year. Recognition for demonstrating a level of biliteracy shall be indicated on the final high school transcript for students.
The purpose of the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines is to provide assistance, examples, and resources to local school districts on the process of awarding and recognizing students who are eligible to receive a Seal of Biliteracy. More information is available via the links below.