As part of the new diploma system going into effect for the Class of 2021, the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education has developed diploma designations as a way of personalizing students' diplomas and encouraging students to meet additional high standards beyond those needed to earn a high school diploma.
The Council on Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the following three Council Designations, which will be awarded to students who meet the defined criteria for each beginning with the graduating class of 2021:
- The Commissioner's Seal Council Designation certifies that a student is proficient in standards aligned to high school expectations in English Language Arts and Mathematics, as confirmed by external evidence.
- The Seal of Biliteracy Council Designation certifies that a student has demonstrated skill in the use of the English language and one or more other world languages.
- The Pathway Endorsement Council Designation certifies that a student has accomplished deep learning in a chosen area of interest and is prepared for employment or further education in a career path.
The Rhode Island Department of Education recently released a comprehensive guidance package with information on each Council Designation.