The Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. CTECS is pleased to offer this opportunity to grade 12 students in the Spring of 2022.

This initiative not only celebrates the diversity of our school district and the many languages spoken, but also supports CTECS’ mission to prepare students for the world of work. Knowing and using more than one language is a valuable skill for the 21st century, and will benefit students in the global labor market.

CT Seal of Biliteracy
  • Public Act 17-29, signed by the Governor on June 6, 2017, allows a local or regional board of education to affix the “Connecticut State Seal of Biliteracy” on the diploma of students who have achieved a “high level of proficiency in English and one or more foreign languages.”
  • An award given by a school or district, in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in English and at least one other language.
  • A recognition of students’ academic efforts, to see the tangible benefits of being bilingual and biliterate, and of being prepared to live and work in the 21st century.

At CTECS, grade 12 students who have met the English Language Arts requirements for high school graduation, and have demonstrated proficiency in their second language through a district-approved assessment are eligible. We anticipate expanding the program to grade 10 and 11 in the 2022-23 school year.

No. Students may acquire proficiency in languages through various pathways. Some examples include: traditional high school world language programs, traditional ESL programs, bilingual education, dual language programs, ​and heritage language knowledge.

There is no cost to students.

No, there is no impact to students grades by taking this exam.

  • Celebrate heritage and native speakers who have met proficiency targets in English and another language(s).
  • Improve employment prospects by providing employers information about students’ language abilities.
  • Enhance college applications.
  • This seal will be included on transcripts and diplomas of successful candidates.
  • Students who earn the seal will be recognized at award nights and graduation.
  • Students can put this distinction on resumes and future applications.