Celebrating Biliteracy in OUSD

  • The Oakland Unified School District recognizes students who are building linguistic proficiency in English and at least one other world language. The Biliteracy Pathway Awards are awarded to eligible students in Kindergarten, Third grade, Fifth Grade, Eighth Grade and Tenth Grade, and are designed to track progress toward earning the State Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation in 12th grade.


    OUSD recognizes the value of bilingualism, biliteracy and cultural competency. In addition to serving as an important 21st century educational and career skill, biliteracy strengthens intergroup relationships, increases job options, affirms the value of diversity, promotes civic participation and honors the cultures of our community. 


    How can my students earn a Biliteracy Pathway Award?

    • Students submit a Portfolio of Language Experiences to their teacher(s) to determine eligibility.

    • By 3/15/19,  school sites administering the DRA and EDL or F&P will receive a list of students who are recommended for the award.

    • By 4/22/19 teachers will review the list and verify the student has met the criteria

    • By 5/17/19 the ELLMA office will generate and distribute OUSD Biliteracy Pathway Awards to sites.

    • If your school's program does not meet eligibility criteria but is interested in celebrating student bilingualism, please contact Lubia for support in designing a specialized option.

    How can my students earn a Seal of Biliteracy?

    California State Seal of Biliteracy certifies student attainment of a high level of proficiency in two or more languages. The seal is placed on the recipient's high school diploma as a celebration of multilingualism and the attainment of language-based skills. Eligibility requires proficiency in English and one or more languages other than English.  


    The English criteria includes:

    • Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above.
    • Pass the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress for English Language Arts administered in grade 11, at or above the “standard met” achievement level.
    • For English learners, attain the level demonstrating English language proficiency on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California.  


    Proficiency in a language other than English is determined by one of the following:

    • Pass a World Language Advanced Placement exam with a score of 3 or higher;
    • Pass an International Baccalaureate exam with a score of 4 or higher;
    • Successful completion of a four-year high school course of study in a world language and attain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above;
    • Pass a school district language exam that, at a minimum, assesses speaking, reading and writing passing at a proficient level or higher;
    • Pass the SAT II world language examination with a score of 600 or higher.



seal of biliteracy

Biliteracy Pathway Award Eligibility Criteria

California State Seal of Biliteracy