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.
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
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" 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
- Take an external exam on the NCDPI approved external assessment list and achieve a minimum language proficiency score of Intermediate Low (IL)
- Complete 4 levels of the same language with an unweighted 2.5 GPA or higher
- Use the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) Policy to establish Intermediate Low Proficiency
The identification and notation on the student transcript is now automated in PowerSchool.
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.
Data on the Global Languages Endorsement
So far, the Global Languages Endorsement has recognized graduates with proficiency in 13 World Languages: 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 - 2018, are available by clicking on these lists:
- National Seal of Biliteracy website: https://sealofbiliteracy.org/
- North Carolina World Languages Webinar from December 5, 2018 focusing on the Global Languages Endorsement, NC's Seal of Biliteracy
Broadcast recording with closed captioning: See video on World Language playlist on NCDPI YouTube channel