Iowa students can now earn ‘Seal of Biliteracy’ on high school diplomas
Gov. Kim Reynolds today signed Senate File 475, which enacts a Seal of Biliteracy program to recognize high school graduates who attain proficiency in a second language other than English. A broad coalition of elected officials and business organizations supported the legislation, including the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Iowa Chamber Alliance and New American Economy. Iowa joins 26 other states that have adopted the program, according to Reynolds’ office. “With business demand for bilingual talent spiking, Iowa is just the latest state to recognize learning a second language is a sound investment for students to make,” said John Feinblatt, president of New American Economy. “Iowa’s Seal of Biliteracy will help more young job seekers stand out and excel in the increasingly global economy.” According to NAE research, online job postings for bilingual workers in Iowa increased to nearly 5,000 postings in 2016, up almost 200 percent from 2010.