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Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy

Ensuring that every Tennessee student has the means and opportunity to receive a Seal of Biliteracy upon high school graduation.

www.volstateseal.org Tax ID 83-0831045

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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.

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 work to provide ongoing opportunities and connections for Tennessee's Seal of Bilteracy recipients to access post-secondary and career opportunities that highlight their unique abilities as biliterate candidates and applicants through our long-term goals, encouraging all Tennessee graduates to strive towards biliteracy as a skill that supports competitiveness in a global marketplace and workforce.