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What is the Global Seal of Biliteracy?
The Global Seal of Biliteracy is a formal award certifying language learners’ language proficiency in two languages or more at the Intermediate Mid (Functional Fluency award) and Advanced Low (Working Fluency award) levels on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale. This award can be taken to schools or employers across the globe enabling them to quickly and easily validate the recipient’s language skills in the workplace or for college credit or placement.
Closing the Gap
The Global Seal of Biliteracy is accessible to anyone, including private, charter, independent, college, and home schoolers, anywhere in the world. This includes those who learned their language in a classroom, at home, or through other experiences.
While State Seal of Biliteracy initiatives have been adopted in 34 states and the District of Columbia to date, that Seal is generally available only to public school students in participating districts, and the standards for receiving it vary by state. The Global Seal of Biliteracy closes that gap with a consistent and inclusive solution.
In order to receive your Global Seal of Biliteracy, we require first language documentation and qualifying test scores for the second language. Learners are required to meet a score of Intermediate Mid or Advanced Low on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale to earn the Global Seal.
Board of Advisors
The Global Seal of Biliteracy organization, founded and sponsored by Avant Assessment, has an independent Board of Advisors made up of K-12 and higher education faculty and second language acquisition and assessment researchers from across the country who advise and guide the program’s mission. Linda Egnatz serves as the Executive Director of the Global Seal of Biliteracy.
Linda L. Egnatz
Executive Director of the Global Seal of Biliteracy