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State Seal of Biliteracy Insignia Request 2023–24

Multilingual Support Division

The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) Insignia Request Form is used by local educational agencies (LEAs) to identify the number of eligible high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English in accordance with specified criteria set forth in California Education Code (EC) sections 51460–51464.

The California Department of Education (CDE), requests that the SSB Insignia Request Form be submitted to the CDE at least four weeks in advance of the LEA’s graduation date in order to allow the CDE time to process requests and mail seals. The CDE will mail to the requestor one seal per eligible student, to be affixed to the diploma or transcript, within four weeks of receipt of the LEA’s SSB Insignia Request Form.
It is strongly recommended that LEAs read the information on the CDE SSB web page before submitting an SSB Insignia Request Form. The CDE requests that LEAs submit the school name(s) and the total number of qualifying graduates per district. The CDE also requests the languages, other than English, in which students are proficient, the number of students per language, and the number of current and former English learners qualifying for the seal. Data collected from the SSB Insignia Request Form will be reported annually on the CDE SSB web page in September.
Submitters are asked to provide information on which assessments were used to assess world language proficiency for the SSB and to certify that any assessments used meet the criteria in EC Section 51461[a][3][C][i]. A school district may offer a language examination in a language in which an Advanced Placement examination or off-the-shelf language test exists if the school district certifies to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction that the language examination meets the rigor of a four-year high school course of study in that world language and that, at a minimum, it assesses speaking, reading, and writing in the language other than English at the proficient level or higher (EC Section 51461[a][3][C][i]).  
Private schools function outside of the jurisdiction of the CDE; therefore, they are not eligible to receive the SSB. For information on establishing a State Seal of Biliteracy program, please visit the Californians Together Seal of Biliteracy website.
Questions regarding this matter can be directed to the Multilingual Support Division by phone at 916-319-0938 or by email at

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