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What is the Seal of Biliteracy?

According to CALIFORNIANS TOGETHER, ( "The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, school district or county office of education in California in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Appearing on the transcript of the graduating senior, the Seal of Biliteracy is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions." According to the July 5, 2012 press release, the "State Seal of Biliteracy was established per Assembly Bill 815 (Brownley) to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. California State Schools Chief Tom Toriakson announced that this year more than 10,000 students earned the new State Seal of Biliteracy recognizing proficiency in multiple languages, the first of its kind in the nation.