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Iowa Seal of Biliteracy

State of Iowa Seal of Bi-literacy



What is the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy?

The Iowa Seal of Bi-literacy is an award given by a district to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English, by high school graduation.

Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF475 into law during the 2018 Legislative session.


Why is the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy Important?

Being able to know and use more than one language is a critical skill for the 21st century.  The Iowa Seal of Biliteracy:

  • Prepares students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society.
  • Provides employers, universities, and grant/scholarship providers with a method to recognize applicants for their dedication to attainment of biliteracy.
  • Recognizes the value of language diversity and cultural identity.

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