Seal of Biliteracy
The California Seal of Biliteracy is an award, a statement of accomplishment, given to students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
Effective January 1, 2012, the State Seal of Biliteracy administered by the California Department of Education is a program that demonstrates the value and embraces the diversity of different cultures. California was the first in the United States to institute such a program and has become a model to such states as New York, Connecticut, and Arkansas, which have also instituted similar programs. More Info Link
Global California 2030
"California is immersed in the global economy, is a leader in global culture, and is home to flourishing industries that lead the world, including high-tech, entertainment, and agriculture. California also benefits from a diverse population of residents who speak the majority of languages heard on the planet. As the world becomes more interconnected, fluency in another language opens up opportunities for people to succeed economically and allows them to take part in diverse cultural activities. A wide body of research shows that the study of languages boosts students’ mental flexibility, enhancing their ability to learn all subjects. It also introduces people to new cultures and new ways of looking at the world. This broader perspective nourishes innovation and adaptability in all fields and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson helps to enrich communities economically, culturally, and socially. California’s K–12 education system has made great strides in teaching world languages to students, providing more opportunities for fluency and the benefits fluency brings. But we can and should go further. To better prepare students to succeed in the changing economy and to strengthen California’s own rich mixture of cultures and languages, California needs to vastly expand opportunities for students to learn a second and possibly even a third language."