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World Languages

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements are the same for ALL general education students.

Contact Information

Associate Director of Content, World Languages

Learning to communicate in languages of the world helps students in Washington become global citizens, ready for life in the interconnected world of the 21st century.  

Office Hours

Join us for open office hours to ask any World Languages-related questions. During September and October, office hours will be weekly. All other meetings will be once a month. 

Use the OSPI World Languages Office Hours registration to get them added to your calendar. You only need to register once. 

Learning Standards

Washington state has adopted the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st century as our World Languages K-12 Learning Standards.

Language Proficiency

Language proficiency means a person’s ability to use language for real-world reasons naturally for many topics and reasons.

Proficiency Assessment Options

This page, supported by OSPI, contains the list of approved providers and assessments for language proficiency testing. These assessments can be used to earn Competency-based CreditDual Credit, and the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

Competency-Based Credits

Students in Washington may be able to earn high school credits for a world language that they know based on demonstrating proficiency in the language.

Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English. Watch the Why Speak Another Language? presentation for more information about the Seal of Biliteracy.


Link to national and state language associations, centers, and organizations, as well as information about grant funding for languages.