North Dakota Seal of Biliteracy


The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) is proud to sponsor the North Dakota Seal of Biliteracy (NDSB) award program. The NDSB is an award presented in the form of a gold or silver seal to graduating students who have demonstrated proficiency in a language in addition to English. Consider students studying a world language and English learners.

North Dakota joins more than half the nation in awarding a Seal of Biliteracy. The NDSB is established to recognize students and provide an identifier of this accomplishment for employers and post-secondary institutions. The NDSB serves to inspire the implementation of biliteracy programs and pathways of language development in districts across the state and help districts demonstrate value in diversity/culture.

The NDSB is awarded by the NDDPI according to the specific criteria presented in the guidance document below. Each qualifying student will receive a physical foil seal to affix to their high school diploma, a certificate from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and an identifier on the student’s eTranscript. School district participation in the program is voluntary. The NDDPI will accept applications through July 29, 2022 for the 2021-2022 school year. To receive awards and seals prior to graduation, please submit applications by April 15, 2022.

NDSB Forms
  • NDSB Application
  • NDSB Multiple Student Application Addendum
  • NDSB Student Tracking Checklist (for district use to track student progress toward earning the Seal of Biliteracy)
  • Student Photo Release

To obtain a copy of the above forms, please contact the EL Programs Office.