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A seal of biliteracy is an award given by a district to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English, by high school graduation.

Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 475 into law during the 2018 legislative session.

Why is the Seal of Biliteracy Important?

A seal of biliteracy is important because knowing and using more than one language is a critical 21st-century skill. A seal of biliteracy:

  • Values language as an asset;
  • Recognizes the value of language diversity and cultural identity;
  • Prepares students with 21st-century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society; and
  • Provides employers, universities, and grant or scholarship providers with a method to recognize applicants for their dedication to attaining biliteracy.

Iowa Biliteracy Seal Guidance