Seal of Biliteracy

The Los Gatos – Saratoga High School District students in our district are now eligible to receive the State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) on their high school diplomas.  Assembly Bill 815 (Brownley, Chapter 618) provides recognition to high school students who demonstrate proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the California State Superintendent of Schools to graduating seniors, certifying proficiency in English and at least one other language. 

The requirements for earning the SSB, codified in California Education Code (EC) Section 51461, have been amended for the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years in response to COVID-19 school closures. This guidance is based on the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill, Senate Bill 98, signed by the Governor on June 29, 2020, which included various statutory changes, including the addition of EC Section 51461(d). The new statutory language affects the requirements around English language arts and world language coursework, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), and the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).

EC Section 51461(d) states that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction may provide alternatives to demonstrating attainment of a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English for 2020 or 2021 graduates who were unable to take the ELPAC or who did not receive a letter grade due to COVID-19 related school closures.

EC Section 51451(d) also states that the SSPI may waive the SSB California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) English language arts (ELA) requirement for 2021 graduates who were unable to take the CAASPP ELA during the 2019–20 school year due to COVID-19 related school closures.

Therefore, 2021 graduates must demonstrate English proficiency for the SSB by completing all ELA requirements for graduation with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above in those classes (EC Section 51461[a][1]). 

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