Increase in number of high school students earning the State Seal of Biliteracy in California

biliteral gold sealMore high school students graduated with a State Seal of Biliteracy in 2015 than ever before – 31,816 to be exact – according to a press release by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Graduating California public high school students earn the biliteracy gold seal, which is affixed to their diplomas, for achieving proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.

“Becoming multilingual is a huge asset in today’s global economy, so I applaud the rising numbers of students attaining high levels of proficiency in multiple languages,” Torlakson said in the news release. “These skills will help students to live, work and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual and highly connected world.”

The majority of gold seals were awarded for Spanish at 68 percent, followed by 10 percent French and 6 percent Mandarin.

You can find out more about the State Seal of Biliteracy on the California Department of Education website.