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World Language Credit Options

Students studying together in a classroom.Students are required to graduate with two credits in a World Language. Students have two options if they wish to pursue an alternative to the required two World Language credits:

  • A student may elect to pursue credit in areas other than world language if the choice is based on a career-oriented course of study identified in the student’s High School and Beyond Plan.
  • Students also have the option of pursuing competency/proficiency credit by participating in a World Language Assessment Day.

Alternative Options

1. Alternative courses based on career plan

A student may elect to pursue credit in areas other than World Language if the choice is based on a career-oriented course of study identified in the student's High School and Beyond Plan. They will still need to earn both credits, in alternate courses.

To use this option, the student's parent/guardian must agree that credit in another area is more appropriate than World Language because it better serves the student's career goals. A meeting must be held with the student, the parent/guardian or designee, and a high school representative to discuss and sign a form (Request for Alternatives to World Language Courses). The form acknowledges they understand the World Language requirement is a college-entrance requirement and that they believe the other course selections are more appropriate, given the student's education and career goals.

2. World Language competency/proficiency credit

In our diverse community, students have various opportunities to develop language skills. These skills may be gained through using the language at home, attending language programs offered in the community, learning online, or time spent living abroad. Students may seek credit in world language based on the learning opportunities available to them.

Students who wish to pursue competency/proficiency credit must sign up to participate in a district-sponsored World Language Assessment Day. Through this program, students complete an assessment to determine language proficiency. Several assessment days are scheduled each year. The first attempt is free. If students demonstrate at least a Novice Mid proficiency level, they receive a letter indicating proficiency levels and the number of high school credits earned. The district will award one or more credits based on the student demonstrating an overall proficiency level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines, as follows:

  • Novice Mid - 1 credit
  • Novice High - 2 credits
  • Intermediate Low - 3 credits
  • Intermediate Mid - 4 credits

The maximum number of credits that may be awarded for this option is four. If a student earns four credits in the same language through competency testing and meets all other graduation requirements, they are eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation. Watch a video from the OSPI World Language Credit webpage to learn about the Seal of Biliteracy.

World Language competency credit assessment
The Lake Washington School District will offer five testing opportunities for 9th-12th grade students in 2017-18.

How does it work?
Step 1: Register
Remaining test dates for the 2017-18 school year:

  • May 2, 2018 at Juanita High School - register here
    Current 8th grade students may register for the May 2 test. They will be placed on a wait list. Current high school students have priority if space becomes limited.

Step 2: Prepare for the test
After you sign up for the test, go to the test company's website to review the format of the assessment.

Language: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese - traditional, Chinese - simplified, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian

Test company: STAMP - Avant Assessment - STAMP 4s

Use the link above to find a STAMP 4s practice test in your language.

Language: Tagalog, Somali, Vietnamese, Yup'ik

Test company: Avant Assessment - World Speak

Contact Suzanne Womble, Assessment Specialist, at swomble@lwsd.org for resources to help you prepare for the World Speak test.

ALTA Language Services

Click here for a full list of languages available for testing through ALTA Language Services Testing.

Contact Suzanne Womble, Assessment Specialist, at swomble@lwsd.org for resources to help you prepare for the ALTA test.

Additional Languages

Email Suzanne Womble, Assessment Specialist, to request a custom test in any language not offered by STAMP, World Speak or ALTA.

Step 3: Take the test

  • For the STAMP, World Speak and custom tests: bring your photo ID, fully charged laptop and laptop charger.
  • For the ALTA test: bring your photo ID and a black pen.
    *We will schedule the speaking test, which is a phone interview, for a later date at your home school, during the school day. This portion of the test will take a half hour and your absence from class will be excused.

Step 4: Get the results
In four to six weeks you will receive a letter from the district informing you of your scores and how much credit you earned, as well as official score reports from the testing company. The credits you earned will be available in Skyward under the "Test Scores" tab. Scores and credits will also be shared with your counselor and the registrar at your school. They will add this information to your transcript.