World Language Competency-based Credit Program


    "Our goal is to develop a system that supports any bilingual student to receive world language credits by demonstrating language proficiency."  (OSPI)


    What is World Language Competency-based Credit Program?

    The World Language Credit Program is a way for students to earn high school credit(s) for a language they know well.  The goal of competency-based crediting is to allow high school students who speak, read, and write a language other than English to earn credits by demonstrating proficiency on a a nationally recognized assessment in place of earning credit through high school coursework.  Bilingual students may earn up to 4.0 World Language credits based on their asessment scores.


    Students are encouraged to continue a study of world languges in high school after obtaining competency-based credit.  Highly competitive four-year colleges and universities like to see three to four years of high school world language study, including World Language Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.


    Language Competency Testing

    SVSD students in grades 8-12 will have two opportunities to take an assessment that measures language proficiency.  SVSD will cover the cost of the first assessment.  Students choosing to take the assessment a second time wil be charged for the assessment cost.  Financial assistance is available for Heritage speakers or students who qualify for free/reduced priced meals.


    Winter 2022 Testing Information & Registration:

    • Registration form will be available in December 2021
    • Registration Deadline: TBD
    • Assessment Date: February 2022
    • Assessment Time & Location: TBD
    • Cost: First attempt is free for SVSD students; Students who test a second time are responsible for the testing fee. Financial assistance is available for heritage speakers and students who qualify for free/reduced priced meals.


    Testing Resources

    Click HERE to access:

    • A list of languages and the assessment used by SVSD to assess proficiency
    • Links to practice tests
    • Proficiency levels on Washington state world language competency testing & average time required to reach world language proficiency levels
    • Sample assessment benchmarks and rubric guide
    • Comparison of European language assessments to Washington state world language proficiency tests


    Determine If You Qualify

    Heritage/Bilingual students in grades 8 through 12 qualify for testing.  If you can answer "Yes, I can do this fairly easily" to each statement in a language other than english, then ... (click here to continue)