Teacher Appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize and honor all our outstanding teachers who are the heart and soul of education. Thank you, teachers, for working hard each and every day to elevate our students to become successful in school and beyond. We celebrate you today and every day!

One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.



    World Language Credit by Proficiency

    LWSD is part of a statewide initiative to recognize our students' diverse language competencies. For more information on the statewide initiative, please refer to OSPI Competency-Based Credits for World Languages.

    In addition to American Sign Language (ASL), French, Japanese and Spanish high school courses, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) also offers World Language Credit by Proficiency for any language. 

    High school students can earn up to a maximum of four credits and the Seal of Biliteracy through this program. Students are assessed in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

    Watch the video to learn more about the World Language Credit by Proficiency program (video available in more languages).


    World Language competency credit assessment

    Please note: Registration for testing during the 2021-22 school year is now closed. Test dates for the 2022-23 school year will be posted on this page by the end of June.

    Step 1: Register 
    Please register below for the World Language Biliteracy Testing. Registration closes two weeks before each test date. You will receive confirmation of registration via the email you register with at least two weeks prior to test date. In order to earn credit, students must be able to read, write, speak AND understand the language in which they are being tested.

    Step 2: Test day

    • For the STAMP, WorldSpeak 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 3: Receive test results
    Six to eight weeks after taking the test 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" and “Portfolio” tabs. Scores and credits will also be shared with your counselor and the registrar at your school. They will add this information to your transcript.

    If you have any questions about testing, please contact Teaching and Learning World Languages Specialist, Theresa Vásquez, at Se habla español.


    Test information

    LWSD uses different tests to accommodate all languages. The three most common tests used are Avant STAMP 4s, Avant WS (WorldSpeak) and ALTA. 

    TEST languages Sample tests, examples & benchmarks
    Avant STAMP 4S Standard Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Brazilian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
    Avant WS (WorldSpeak) Amharic, Armenian, Chin (Hakha), Chuukese, Czech, Filipino (Tagalog), Haitian-Creole, Hawaiian, Hmong, Ilocano, Kannada, Marshallese, Marathi, Samoan, Somali Maay Maay, Somali Maxaa, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yup'ik, Zomi
    ALTA See all languages tested by ALTA.
    Avant STAMP 3S Swahili, Yoruba
    Custom test All other languages including ASL Please register and a specialist will reach out to you regarding your custom test.


    Credit by proficiency FAQs