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Oregon Seal of Biliteracy

Are you bilingual and biliterate?

Are you a graduating senior? 

Are you interested in having this honor on your high school diploma?

The State School Board created the Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy (OSSB) to recognize and value the native language/s students speak and bring to their English academic studies, to value language programs in schools, and to encourage students in the study of languages. This award recognizes student literacy in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in one or more World Languages, in addition to English.

The OSSB has recognized students who speak 47 different primary languages and earned the Biliteracy Seal in over 22 different languages, including Chinuk Wawa, Nez Perce, and Umatilla, three of the languages spoken by students from two of the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon. In addition, students who use ASL have also earned the OSSB. The Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy was the first in the nation to collaborate with post-secondary institutions to offer the Seal. Currently, two state universities and one community college offer the OSSB to their students. (Oregon Department of Education, 2021, para. 1).

More Resources:

ODE School Governance and Student Conduct

ODE Biliteracy Initiatives

Seal of Biliteracy - State Laws

Contacts

Laurie Meisner
Associate Director | Teaching, Learning and Professional Development
meisnerl@nclack.k12.or.us
503-353-5361  ext. 35361

Mayra Baires
Administrative Assistant | Federal Programs
bairesm@nclack.k12.or.us
503.353.6042 ext 36042