State Education Department’s Seal of Biliteracy Program Experiences Significant Growth – P-12

by | May 16, 2022 | Education

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) program continues to see significant growth year to year, with an 11 percent increase in the number of schools offering the Seal and a 19 percent increase in the number of students earning it, State Education Department Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced. The NYSSB report also identifies future goals for growth and outlines strategies to achieve these goals.“The Seal of Biliteracy program aligns with the goals of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy, and I am pleased to see its continued success,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. “While the steady growth of the program is notable, we must continue to work to ensure it is widely available across the state, so all students have the opportunity to achieve this remarkable recognition.”
“The growth of the Seal of Biliteracy program amid a global pandemic is a testament to the program, and the educators and students who have contributed to its success,” said Commissioner Rosa. “This program truly personifies our state’s diverse cultural and linguistic heritage. I look forward to working with our stakeholders to continue to grow this exceptional program.”
Growth and Goals
The report shows the NYSSB grew significantly in the 2020-21 school year:
324 schools offered the Seal of Biliteracy, an 11% increase from the prior year;
5,492 students earned the NYSSB, representing a 19 percent incr …

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