The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy seeks to provide every Tennessee student with the opportunity and means to receive a Seal of Biliteracy award upon graduation in recognition of demonstrated proficiency in two or more languages and to promote the 21st Century Workforce Skill of biliteracy throughout the state.
More than 300 Tennessee seniors from 35 schools across Tennessee received the Seal of Biliteracy during the 2019 school year. More than 40 schools registered to offer the award this year and, even with many schools closed for the remainder of the year, we are on track to have at least as many recipients as last year!
The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. The award honors the linguistic hertiages of our students and highlights the importance of biliteracy as a lifelong asset for all students in Tennessee.
We believe that if every Tennessee student has the opportunity and means to receive the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy, then students across the state, including those from traditionally underserved populations, will be uniquely prepared for careers in Tennessee's expanding multilingual job market and will be better positioned as competitive post-secondary applicants and students.
The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy award program works to close the gaps in testing, awareness, and funding to allow every eligible student in Tennessee to receive the Seal of Biliteracy upon high school graduation, while also encouraging the growth of heritage- and world-language programs, including Early Post-Secondary Opportunity coursework, and supports for the state's growing population of English Language Learners and Non-English Language Background Students through collaboration and support with local education agencies, post-secondary leaders, the business community, and community organizations.
We encourage you to learn more about our work and goals at volstateseal.org or by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.