Seal of Biliteracy: CRLS

The Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy is a major initiative of the CRLS World Language and ELL Departments. The Seal is recorded on final student transcripts at graduation and is meant to set a new standard as a nationally recognized definition of what it means to be fluent in another language. You can get an overview of CRLS Seal results by looking at our Annual Statistics Page as well as this informational slide deck.

The vast majority of our CRLS seniors who receive the Seal have qualified through a combination of their MCAS ELA score and also their Advanced Placement or ACTFL Assessment of Performance Towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) score. Since proficiency is based on hours of instruction, most CRLS World Language students pursue the Seal during their junior year or fall of their senior year. Each year, some freshman and sophomore students achieve the Seal of Biliteracy. Often these students speak another language at home or they may have attended an immersion school.

If you are interested in pursuing the Seal, or believe you may already qualify based on your personal circumstances, please complete the attached application and forward to [email protected]. You are welcome to email [email protected] (or [email protected] for ELL) with questions about this initiative.
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