NC's Seal of Biliteracy

Global Languages Endorsement

Global Languages Endorsement

North Carolina's Seal of Biliteracy

In January 2015, the State Board of Education approved the Global Languages Endorsement, North Carolina's Seal of Biliteracy, as one of five High School Diploma Endorsements that a student might earn (GRAD-007).

Please see the North Carolina High School Diploma Endorsements webpage for details on all five endorsements.

The purpose is to provide a way for students to show their multiliteracy in English and at least one World Language. Students may add as many World Languages for which they qualify to a Global Languages Endorsement on their diploma.

The Global Languages Endorsement has been available since the 2014 - 2015 school year or starting with the Class of 2015.

The shortened URL for this webpage is http://bit.ly/NCsealGLE

Outline of Policy Requirements for the Global Languages Endorsement

English Language Arts (ELA)

Meet High School English Language Arts requirements by earning an unweighted 2.5 GPA or higher in the required 4 English courses

World Languages

Establish proficiency in a World Language of Intermediate Low or higher using ONE of the options described below for each language added

English Learners (ELs)

Complete the ELA and World Languages requirements and also reach "Developing" (Level 3) proficiency per the proficiency scale in all 4 domains on the most recent state-identified English language proficiency test

World Language Options for Establishing Intermediate Low Proficiency

Only 1 of these options is needed for each World Language on the Global Languages Endorsement

  • Complete 4 levels of the same language with an unweighted 2.5 GPA or higher

Note: The automated process in PowerSchool will search for a Level IV World Language course (or higher) to meet this requirement.

Notes:

The identification and notation on the student transcript is now automated in PowerSchool.

If a higher level of proficiency is correlated with the external exam score or the CDM course level, then that proficiency level will be posted on the transcript for the GLE.

The Global Languages Endorsement User Guide provides information on the requirements and how PowerSchool will automatically identify qualifying students. In addition, information is provided on where one can check in PowerSchool for students in a school that may be qualifying for any of the High School Diploma Endorsements.

The school or district must enter qualifying NCDPI approved external assessments taken by students and the scores or Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) information for World Language courses in PowerSchool to locate these artifacts in the automated identification logic.

Notes:

  • From 2015 - 2017, GLE information had to be entered manually into PowerSchool.

  • Starting with the Class of 2018 and going forward, PowerSchool automation was in place.

Data on the Global Languages Endorsement

So far, the Global Languages Endorsement has recognized graduates with proficiency in over a dozen World Languages, including: American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.

The slide to the left shows data for each graduating class since the Global Languages Endorsement, NC's Seal of Biliteracy, became available.

Details for each graduating class, 2015 - 2020, are available by clicking on these spreadsheets:

Feel free to download a copy of the View only spreadsheets for your own analysis.

North Carolina Resources

Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ

  • General Policy : Overall, Students, and Proficiency Level

  • Other sections (Coming soon!)

Webinars on the Global Languages Endorsement, NC's Seal of Biliteracy

    • March 30, 2021 - Class of 2020 Results & Impact

Presentation slides: Google format, PowerPoint or PDFBroadcast recording: See the video on Global Education playlist on NCDPI YouTube channel with closed captioning
    • January 14, 2020 - Class of 2019 Data & Details

Presentation slides: Google format, PowerPoint or PDFBroadcast recording: See the video on World Language playlist on NCDPI YouTube channel with closed captioning
    • December 5, 2018 - Measuring World Language Proficiency with Credentialing

Presentation slides: Google format, PowerPoint or PDF Broadcast recording with closed captioning: See video on World Language playlist on NCDPI YouTube channel

National Resources

National Seal of Biliteracy website: https://sealofbiliteracy.org/

Reports & Articles

Research