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Students with World Language Proficiency Can Earn Credit and Seal of Biliteracy

 

Does your student speak a language other than English at home? Do they have advanced world language skills?  The Snoqualmie Valley School District (SVSD) is excited to offer students a new opportunity to receive World Language Competency-based Credits and/or the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy, if they can demonstrate proficiency in a world language. 

 

The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of world language proficiency and demonstrated achievement in English Language Arts.  The Seal of Biliteracy is earned by demonstrating advanced world language proficiency through Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate testing, or through another competency-based test for world languages.  Students must also demonstrate English Language literacy by earning a score of 3 or 4 on the 10th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts.

 

The Seal of Biliteracy is a special notation that appears on the transcript and diploma of the graduating senior.  It is a statement of accomplishment that signals evidence of a student's readiness for career and college and to engage as a global citizen. For more details, click here.

 

Seal of Biliteracy logo

 

The World Language Competency-based Credit Program is also a way for students to earn high school credit for a language they already know.  The goal of Competency-based Credit (CbC) is to allow high school students who speak, read, and write a language other than English to earn world language credits by demonstrating proficiency on nationally-recognized proficiency assessments. Students can gain world language credits without achieving the Seal of Biliteracy.  For a list of languages and corresponding assessments, go to http://bit.ly/2S9fDr2.

 

SVSD students will have two opportunities to take the World Language Competency assessment during their K-12 journey through Snoqualmie Valley schools.  Students may first take an assessment in grade 8.  The district will cover the testing fee cost of the first assessment.  Students will pay for second testing attempts.  Financial assistance is available for Heritage speakers or students who qualify for free/reduced priced meals.

 

To launch this program this spring, the World Language Assessment will be administered at Mount Si high School (MSHS) during the school day on April 23 to interested students in grades 8-12. 

 

Registration for the upcoming World Language assessment is now open until March 10, 2020.  Click here to register.

 

How can I learn more?

  • Mount Si High School students can attend an Q&A session during Power Hour Wednesday, February 26, in Room 5302.
  • Parents and students are invited to an Information Night on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m., in the Mount Si High School Career Center.
  • Also, please visit the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Seal of Biliteracy & World Language Credit Program webpage for more details, including a brochure and OSPI resources to help determine if the assessment is right for your student.

 

If you have additional questions, please contact your school counselor.