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Seal of Biliteracy

Iowa Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the district to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English, by high school graduation. Some of the goals of this new effort include:

  • Encourage students to study world languages
  • Certify attainment of biliteracy
  • Provide a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
  • Prepare students with 21st century skills
  • Recognize and promote world language instruction in public schools
  • Strengthen intergroup relationships, affirm the value of diversity, and honor the multiple cultures and languages of a community

Why Is It Important?

Being able to know and use more than one language is a critical skill for the 21st century. The seal of Biliteracy:

  • Values language as an asset
  • Recognizes the value of language diversity & cultural identity
  • Prepares students for the 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
  • Provides employers, universities, and grant/scholarship providers with a method to recognize applicants for their dedication to attainment of Biliteracy.

For more information about the State Seal of Biliteracy, visit the Iowa Department of Education website.