Virginia Seal of Biliteracy
Students who attain proficiency in English and one or more world languages by high school graduation earn the Virginia Seal of Biliteracy.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) awards the Virginia Seal of Biliteracy to students who attain proficiency in English and one or more world languages by high school graduation. Criteria to earn the Seal of Biliteracy include:
- Pass all required End-of Course Assessments in English reading and writing at the proficient or higher level in all years those assessments were administered
- Because these assessments were waived in spring 2020, students are considered to have met the Seal of Biliteracy English proficiency requirement for 2020 by successfully passing their English course for that year.
- Demonstrating proficiency at the intermediate-mid level or higher in one or more languages other than English, as demonstrated through a state-approved assessment (Word Doc).
Current FCPS grade 12 students graduating in June or August of 2020 who have met the English requirements for graduation and any one of the four criteria below will automatically receive the seal:
- Passed the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam.
- Enrolled in a level 4/5 or AP/IB language course AND received a rating of Meets Expectations or higher on the end-of-year PALS (both writing and speaking components).
- Taken a World Language AP exam and received a score of three or higher.
- Taken a World Language IB exam and received a score of four or higher.
Grade 12 students who wish to earn the Seal of Biliteracy and have not met any of the above criteria, may submit results from alternate assessments approved by the Virginia Department of Education to their counselors using this form. Further information regarding the criteria for earning the Virginia Seal of Biliteracy, is available on the VDOE website.
2020-21 Biliteracy Seal Application
Fairfax County Public Schools Application and Information for the Diploma Seal of Biliteracy 2020-21.