National Seal of Biliteracy
This national award has been adopted by 40 other states across the country. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
Students who earn this designation will receive the state seal on their high school diploma and a state issued award certificate. In addition, documentation of this accomplishment will be included on the student’s official high school transcript, a distinction valued by prospective employers and institutions of higher education.
Our State is a better place because of the rich cultural and linguistic assets of our students. This award allows districts to acknowledge the achievements of New Hampshire’s bilingual students with an official diploma seal, an honors cord to wear at graduation and a keepsake medal or pin, and/or award certificate. A notation is also made on the student’s official transcript as a signal to future employers or to institutions of higher education.
New Hampshire’s Seal of Biliteracy Awards
In September of 2020, Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut approved adoption of the Seal of Biliteracy in New Hampshire. In spring 2021, New Hampshire students will be eligible to receive the State Seal of Biliteracy for the first time.
In 2016, the Manchester School District approved a similar district-level award. Since 2016, more than 150 high school seniors from Manchester have earned the distinction. We are hoping to use the momentum Manchester has started to reach all multilingual students in the granite state.
Resources for School or District Award Committees
The state level Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL) committee has compiled a resource kit to help promote the award through schools and districts in New Hampshire interested in offering this distinction to students.
- General Information Sheet: Award Overview
- Toolkit for School or District Award Coordinators
- Student Application
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Portfolio Option
The New Hampshire Seal of Biliteracy award was made possible through collaboration between the NH Association of World Language Teachers (NHAWLT) and the NH Statewide English Learner Educator network. The NH Association of World Language Teachers has agreed to be the stewards of this award. For more information please contact:
NH DOE, Education Consultant