A815 (Brownley) would establish a State Seal of Biliteracy, a voluntary program, to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more world languages, in addition to English. AB 815 (Brownley) would ensure that high school graduates seeking this state recognition would meet specific rigorous standards established by the state, regardless of which district or school they attend. AB 532 (V. Manuel Perez) will be amended to eliminate references to the current assessment system so that only the future/successor assessment system is affected and references to modifications to the test will be eliminated. Additionally, an amendment will be included to clarify that the bill is referring to an existing advisory committee, work group, task force or technical assistance as specified. We believe these amendments address the costs identified by CDE and the Committee consultant.
Seal of Biliteracy
AB 815 would establish a State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. This recognition would be in the form of a state insignia that can be affixed to either the high school diploma or the transcript of high school graduates. AB 815 would ensure that students seeking this recognition meet specific rigorous standards established by the state. We need letters of support to be sent to Assembly Member Brownley – author of the bill NOW. See attached fact sheet and sample letter. Send a copy of your letter to
This the second edition of our Seal of Biliteracy Information and Implementation Booklet. We hope you find this updated booklet helpful when planning to adopt and implement the Seal of Biliteracy and pathway awards.