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State Board of Education
Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 131]
Action Comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation
Comment Period Ends 9/11/2013
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8/23/13  9:43 pm
Commenter: Dr. Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA)

A Seal of Biliteracy


FLAVA supports the creation of a diploma Seal of Biliteracy to honor student achievement in a second language. In today's interconnected world, it is not enough to be able to communicate in only one language. Biliteracy supports the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, and leadership, allowing Virginia's students to compete economically worldwide as well as lead in finding innovative solutions to global challenges.

Knowing a second language is equally important locally. According to, the Commonwealth is home to over 700 companies from around the world. International businesses have invested over $5.6 billion and created more than 34,000 jobs over the past 10 years.  

Several states already recognize the critical importance of bilingual communication and global collaboration by awarding a Seal of Biliteracy. These states have adopted a reasonable set of criteria for the selection of students that can serve as a model for Virginia. This low-cost option serves to validate and certify student language skills for employers and others, encouraging and recognizing language study and global awareness.