• New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSBL)


    NYSSBL Seal Image



    What is the New York State Seal of Biliteracy?

    The Seal of Biliteracy is a formal recognition of students who have studied and attained a high proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. It is a seal that will be placed on the diploma.


    What are the goals of the Seal of Biliteracy?

    • highlight the achievement of multilingual students
    • prepare students with twenty-first century skills
    • recognize the value of world and home language instruction in our schools
    • identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers or universities

    Who can participate?

    The NYSSB is intended for all students who demonstrate a high intermediate proficiency in English and any other language. A language does not have to be part of the Roslyn High School World Language program to be eligible.


    How does an interested student earn the seal?

    1. Complete the forms that determine eligibility and outline your pathway to achieving the seal
    2. Submit an application to the World Language Office.
    3. Present a year-end project in the target language which is evaluated by the The Roslyn High School Seal of Biliteracy Committee (SBC)

    What are the pathways to achieving the seal?

    There are different ways a student can attain the seal. New York State determines the outlines of the pathways. The Roslyn High School Seal of Biliteracy Committee (SBC) has the task of implementing and approving a student’s achievement of the seal of biliteracy. See website for Roslyn High School Seal of Biliteracy Checklist.


    Who decides if a student earns the Seal of Biliteracy?

    The Roslyn High School Seal of Biliteracy Committee (SBC) is made up of World Language teachers, the English Language Arts Chairperson, English as a New Language teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. After a student has completed the requirements, a minimum of two committee members will evaluate their work, following the criteria set by NYSED. If a student has chosen to do a portfolio as part of their pathway, the student will be interviewed in the chosen language by a panel of judges selected by the SBC to measure interpersonal and presentation skills.