Students with Advanced World Language Skills Earn Credits and Seal of Biliteracy
Fourteen Mount Si High School students participated in World Language Competency testing this spring by taking either the nationally-recognized AVANT or Alta standardized proficiency assessments. These students earned between two and four high school credits based on their knowledge of a language other than English. In Washington State, students who speak, read and write in a language other than English can earn world language credits in high school by demonstrating proficiency in the language through successful participation in proficiency testing. Students in grades 8-12 have the opportunity to register for this assessment in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. The assessment is extremely rigorous and requires a student to have an exceptional level knowledge in the language in order to be successful.
We would like to recognize Emil Ambartsoumyan, Keren Arad, Antonio Ballesteros, Daniel Ballesteros, Phillip Dierks, Chelsea Falk, Amalie Hansen, Audrey Hofmann, Emma Hofmann, Henrik Howard, Stephanie Joaquin-Morales, Rohan Raj, Wasil Shahzad, and Paul Talens for their exceptional achievement in World Language proficiency.
Additionally, students with very high levels of proficiency in a language may also earn the “Seal of Biliteracy.” In order to earn this recognition, students must earn a score of “3” or higher (intermediate to mid-level) on a World Language proficiency exam, meet all high school graduation requirements, and also demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a 3 or a 4 on the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts assessment.
This spring, Amalie Hansen earned the Seal of Biliteracy! This will be noted on her high school transcript, and she will have a seal placed on her high school diploma as well. Emil Ambartsoumyan, Antonio Ballesteros, Daniel Ballesteros, Phillip Dierks, Chelsea Falk, Audrey Hofmann, Emma Hofmann, Henrik Howard, Stephanie Joaquin-Morales, Rohan Raj, Paul Talens are all candidates for the Seal of Biliteracy. As these students are all in grades 8-11, they still have some remaining graduation requirements to finish.
Does your student speak a language other than English at home? Do they have advanced world language skills? To learn more about these opportunities for SVSD students who can demonstrate advanced skills in a world language, please click here. Due to the COVID-19 closure this spring, another testing opportunity for interested students will be available in the fall.