Seal of Biliteracy
What is the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)?
The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students with twenty-first century skills; recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools; and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.
How will the student receive the accreditation?
The NYSSB will be awarded by the Commissioner to students who meet criteria established by the Board of Regents. The NYSSB will be affixed to the high school diploma and/or transcript of graduating pupils attaining the NYSSB criteria. Some students may be awarded after graduation due to test result data release dates. In this case, the district will affix the diploma with the Seal image provided by NYSED and add appropriate language to the transcript.