The Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition given by the Enfield Public Schools, in conjunction with the Connecticut State Department of Education. This distinction states that an eligible student has completed all English Language Arts requirements for graduation, in addition to demonstrating proficiency in all modes of communication (listening, reading, writing, and speaking), in a language other than English, at a level that is equal to or exceeding Intermediate Mid according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Those students who successfully complete all requirements, as set forth by the CSDE and Enfield Public Schools, will receive a seal affixed to their diploma, as well as recognition of earning the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript.

The Seal of Biliteracy initiative, as described by the Connecticut State Department of Education:

  • Encourages students to study languages.
  • Certifies attainment of biliteracy skills.
  • Recognizes the value of language diversity.
  • Provides employers with a method of identifying Connecticut high school graduates with biliteracy skills.
  • Assists universities in recognizing applicants with language skills.
  • Equips students with the 21st-century skills that will allow them to succeed in college and careers in a global society.
  • Strengthens relationships and honors the multiple cultures and languages represented in Connecticut communities.
  • Encourages students to develop communicative proficiency in multiple languages.
  • Values the knowledge and skills of both English speakers learning world languages and English learners studying English or other world languages.
  • Recognizes and rewards students’ linguistic and cultural knowledge.