World Languages

Competency Testing and Credits for World Languages

Students who speak, read, and write a language other than English can earn world language credits in high school and college by demonstrating proficiency. Students who demonstrate proficiency on nationally recognized proficiency assessments may be able to receive competency credits on their high school transcript.

Video Greeting by Superintendent Chris Reykdal
Superintendent Reykdal addresses the 2017 WAFLT Fall Conference of K-16 world language educators. He emphasizes the importance of world language proficiency and bilingualism for all students.

Credits and Goals:

For students in K–12 grades, our goal is to develop a system that supports any bilingual student to receive world language credits by demonstrating language proficiency. In order to increase student access, OSPI has established a process to empower and engage school districts to set up competency testing for their bilingual students and support third party agencies and to offer testing in their communities.


Establish World Language Competency Testing and Credits
in Your School District


Earn World Language Competency Credits


World Language Video

Translated videos in Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Vietnamese.

World Language Credit Brochures
English | Amharic | Arabic | Chinese | Nepali | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese

Road Map World Language Credit Program
A grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help improve the career and college readiness of English language learners. Learn more about the Road Map Project.

College Student Resources


NOTICE: Private SchoolsBulletin 060-17 is to assist Washington state approved private high schools with information on earning world languages competency credit.

NOTICE: Community Schools and Culture Clubs—Are you seeking credit for a World Language through your off-site program? Please reference WAC 392-410-300 for guidelines on proposing World Language equivalency credit recognition to your student’s resident public school. Students in your community school program may potentially receive World Language Competency-based Credit based on agreements reached between the relevant public school/district and your program. The ultimate decision resides with the student’s resident public school/district and must be agreed-upon prior to the learning/testing.

   Updated 2/2/2018

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