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Iowa Seal of Biliteracy

The bill for the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy was signed into law on April 17, 2018.

Current Timeline (subject to change)

Fall 2018: The Department of Education will release more information to school districts in the state.

Spring 2019: The Seal will be able to be awarded to students by participating districts.


Note: Many questions (e.g. regarding fees, what languages qualify) can be answered by looking directly at the legislation here (click for link).  Please consult there first.

What does "biliteracy" mean when it comes to the Seal of Biliteracy?

- Proven proficiency in English and one other language.

What is "proven proficiency"?

- In most cases, it will involve showing specific grades and/or scores on assessments in both languages.

Will qualifying students in the state automatically be awarded the Seal?

- Districts must opt in voluntarily for their students to be awarded the Seal.

Is it just for foreign/world language students?

- It can be for any student who demonstrates proficiency in English and one other language.  That includes students who have learned their non-English language outside of school, like students identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) by the district.

Helpful Links

Text of the Legislation

Des Moines Register Story 4/18/18

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