California State Seal of Biliteracy

The California State Seal of Biliteracy is a form of recognition from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction of graduating high students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. It recognizes the value of biliteracy as a 21st century skill.


In order for students to be considered for the SSB, they must meet the criteria outlined below. Once the criteria have been met, the SSB insignia will be placed on your diploma, and noted on your transcript.
  1. Completion of four years of English Language Arts coursework with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above
  2. Attained a score of “on grade level” on the iReady Reading Diagnostic administered in grade 11.
    Please provide a copy of your score report with this application. If you did not meet this requirement
    last year, you may retest this Spring 2022. 
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in a world language through one of the following:

              a. Pass a language Advanced Placement examination with a score of 3 or higher.
              b. Pass a language NEWL examination with a score of 3 or higher or SAT II Subject Test with a score of
          600 or higher if taken prior to January 2021. The College Board no longer offers SAT II Subject Tests.
              c. Complete a four-year high school course of study in a world language (which means completion of 8                 terms in the same world language during high school OR completion of a world language 7/8 course) with               an overall GPA of 3.0 or above in that course of study. Years of language taken in middle school do not                   count.  

Students using this eligibility requirement must also:
    Complete the PUSD Oral Language Proficiency Verification form.

              d. Pass the PUSD approved Tagalog assessment with a score of 75% or higher on the reading                                 assessment and Stage 2 "High" or higher on the Speaking and Writing assessments.  
           *Students wanting to take the Tagalog assessment must contact Mrs. C                     and Ms. Jaclyn Brom

      4.  If you are currently identified as an EL student, you must have attained an overall proficiency level 4                         on your most recent ELPAC test.

Biliteracy Application

Available to Class of 2022 in March 2022.
Biliteracy Seal 2022 Application
Oral Language Proficiency Verification Form

Additional Information

Official California State Seal of Biliteracy letter from Poway Unified School District
Seal of Biliteracy Brochure
Seal of Biliteracy FAQs
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