The Road Map World Language Credit Program is a cross-district partnership funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the World Languages Program at OSPI. Key partners in carrying out the project are the seven districts involved with the
Road Map Project (Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle, and Tukwila), the
Office of the Education Ombudsman,
School’s Out Washington, the
Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon, and
Education Northwest as an evaluator.
Money from the grant, totaling $525,000 over two years, was used to create a system within each district for competency-based high school credits for world languages Read the OSPI Press Release.
The program will address specific needs:
- To honor and validate students’ first language and the languages of their families
- To provide opportunities for fluent and literate speakers to receive high school credit for their knowledge of these languages
- To open up opportunities for students to access core subject credits required for graduation
- To prepare bilingual students for future career opportunities in private industry and to meet government needs for skilled bilingual speakers
- To motivate students to take advanced courses in their heritage languages at their schools, in college or at ethnic community centers
Resources developed as part of this grant will be available to expand opportunities for competency-based credits throughout the state.
If you have questions, contact the OSPI World Languages Program Office at
These resources were created by the Office of the Education Ombudsman.
Road Map Credit for Proficiency Report
Education Northwest spoke with students across the seven Road Map districts, from a wide range of backgrounds, and consistently found that the Road Map World Language Credit Program provided positive recognition of the value of bilingualism and increased students' pride in and appreciation for their own strengths. It also appeared to help them meet graduation requirements.