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: 

  • Passing all required End-of-Course Assessments in English reading and writing at the proficient or higher level.

  • Demonstrating proficiency at the intermediate-mid level or higher in one or more languages other than English, as demonstrated through a state-approved assessment. Click here for the list of approved assessments along with minimum requirements and scores.

Current FCPS grade 12 students graduating in June or August of 2017 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 OR
  • 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) OR
  • Taken a World Language AP exam and received a score of three or higher OR
  • 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. For further information regarding the criteria for earning the Virginia Seal of Biliteracy, graduating seniors and their families may click here.