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Competency-Based Credits for World Languages

Students with proficiency in a language other than English can earn world language credits by demonstrating proficiency in that language. Students who demonstrate proficiency through the assessment process may be able to receive competency-based credits on their transcript.

A model policy and procedure, developed by the Washington State School Directors' Association, the State Board of Education, and OSPI, gives guidance to school districts on how to offer competency-based credits for world languages. The OSPI World Languages program supports districts as they adopt the model policy and procedure.

Taking the Test: Washington World Language Assessment Days
Washington World Language Assessment Days are hosted by school districts, colleges and universities, or other approved community-based schools. The goal is to make testing opportunities accessible to students and to support districts that would like to provide testing sites in their schools.

Representing Competency-Based Credits on Transcripts
The goal of Competency-Based Credits is to help students with proficiency in a language other than English earn world language credits by demonstrating proficiency in that language at a level comparable to what a student in a regular high school world language course might demonstrate. Once students have completed the appropriate assessment process, then the district needs to ensure that it is prepared to note those credits on the students' transcripts.

Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, there is a new field in the state student data system, CEDARS, to denote Competency-Based Credits on transcripts.

More Information—Presentations
Seal of Biliteracy Webinar #2:
Competency-Based Credits for World Languages

Monday, August 25, 2014 4:00-4:30 pm
View Recording of Webinar #2 | Presentation Handout | 2012-2013 Statewide Test Results Summary

Students Earn Credits for Languages They Know Presentation (PDF) | Handout (PDF)
Presented by Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki and Dr. Jason Greenberg Motamedi at WERA Conference (December 12, 2013)
Additional handouts:
Assessment Options | 2012-2013 Statewide Test Results | World Language Credits Brochure

World Languages Competency-Based Credits Presentation (PDF) | Handout (PDF)
Presented by Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki and Gosia Stone at WABE Conference (May 12, 2012)

World Languages Competency-Based Credits Presentation (PDF) | Handout (PDF)
Presented by Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki and Dr. Kathe Taylor at WSASCD Conference (October 14, 2011) and WAFLT Conference (October 15, 2011).

ASL Assessment and Evaluation Options (PDF) | Handout (PDF)
Presented by Barbara Hayes, Seattle Central Community College, and Erin Furda, Bellingham School District, at CTE – World Languages meeting at OSPI (March 5, 2012).
Note: This is a preliminary presentation on options for assessing ASL students. We did successfully pilot the SLPI assessment in Bellingham during spring 2012. Contact worldlanguage@k12.wa.us for more information.

Questions? Email worldlanguage@k12.wa.us.

 

Learn about the World Language Credit Program.

 

Support for the Road Map Project Districts
A grant awarded to OSPI by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports offering competency-based high school credits for world languages to English Language Learner (ELL) and heritage language students in the seven districts involved with the Road Map Project (Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle, and Tukwila). Learn more about the Road Map World Language Credit Program.

World Language Credits Brochure (PDF)

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