Falcon Fest

Staff at Finn Hill Middle School put a new spin on their traditional curriculum night with their first ever Falcon Fest on October 18. The event welcomed the entire Finn Hill community and featured food trucks and parent education sessions on a wide range of topics.



    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).


    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 Arabic (Modern Standard), Chinese (Mandarin – Simplified), Chinese (Mandarin – Traditional), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish
    Avant WS (WorldSpeak) Amharic, Armenian, Cabo Verdean, Chin (Hakha), Chuukese, Czech, Filipino (Tagalog), Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hmong, Ilocano, Kannada, Marathi, Marshallese, 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.


    Test process

    Step 1: Register 
    Please register below for the World Language Biliteracy Testing. 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 write in, speak in, read in, AND listen in the language in which they are being tested.

    Click on the button below to register for testing during the 2022-23 school year:

    World Language Proficiency Testing Registration

    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. Please note that credits are awarded based on the lowest level of proficiency demonstrated in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 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 the assessment team at


    Credit by proficiency FAQs