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World Language Competency Testing


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

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.

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. Watch how a World Language Credit Program honored bilingual immigrant students. Translated videos in Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Vietnamese.

Lead with Languages

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) encourages all interested parties to view the Lead with Languages! video and advocate for 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.

Why Speak Another Language?

Credits & Goals

Competency Testing & Awarding of Credit

For Districts

World Language Competency Testing and Credits- See processes for steps, registration, testing, and more.

For Students

Earn World Language Competency Credits- The World Language Credit Program is a way to earn high school credit for a language you already know.

Flyers & Educator Toolkits

Flyers in numerous languages plus Educator Toolkits may be downloaded from the following website: Speak Your Language

College Student Resources