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    New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSBL)





    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 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. March of Senior Year: Complete the forms that determine eligibility and outline your pathway to achieving the seal
    2. March of Senior Year: Submit an application to the World Language Office.
    3. May of Senior Year: Present a year-end project in the target language which is evaluated by 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 Department of Education determines 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 Pathways.

    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 criteria and using a rubric from NYSED. If a student has chosen to do a portfolio as part of their pathway, the student will present to their language class and be interviewed in the chosen language by members of the SBC to measure skills.